The 58-year-old Lake Tomahawk woman charged last week with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, following a June 22 domestic dispute that left her boyfriend with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, changed her story during interviews with detectives conducted after her arrest, the criminal complaint filed in the case alleges.
According to a complaint filed June 24, Christine R. Stammler told police she and the alleged victim were in the midst of a "domestic altercation" that had been going on for a few hours when she loaded a .22 caliber long rifle in her bedroom and gave it to the alleged victim who placed it on the kitchen table.
She went on to state that she "re-acquired the gun in the kitchen and shot (victim) as he lunged for her," according to the complaint.
However, upon requesting a second interview with detectives, Stammler "recanted" part of her statement.
"Stammler corrected her statement by stating the initial part was true, she did indeed load the gun, give it to (the alleged victim), and re-acquired the gun in the kitchen," the complaint states. "Stammler stated (the alleged victim) did not lunge at her and she just anticipated that (he) was going to lunge at her. Stammler stated (he) was standing in the corner of the kitchen with a smile and smirk on his face and his hands open in front of his body."
She stated that she wasn't sure if she could outrun the man to the door to leave, so she aimed the rifle at his shoulder and shot him, the complaint alleges.
According to the complaint, Stammler made no attempt to leave over the course of the three to four hours the argument went on, although her car was parked by the front door.
Court documents also note that Stammler told police the alleged victim left the residence for between 30 minutes to an hour, but she did not take that opportunity to leave or call police.
Stammler is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery causing bodily harm and operating a firearm while intoxicated in connection with the shooting, which left her 58-year-old boyfriend injured.
She is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bond pending an adjourned initial appearance scheduled for June 29.
During her initial appearance, Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek noted the alleged victim was still in the hospital and had not been questioned. He may also face charges, Schiek said, noting that the man has a pending case in Oneida County Circuit Court with a bond condition prohibiting him from having "abusive contact" with Stammler.
Judge Patrick O'Melia also set a no-contact provision in Stammler's case as well as a prohibition on consuming alcohol. At the end of the hearing, Stammler told O'Melia she was confused as to why the charges were brought against her.
"I was just protecting myself," she said.
Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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