Lee Ann Matanane, from Alabama, charged with shooting her estranged husband, Benito Matanane
Lee Ann, 54, reportedly, arrived at her husband’s home wearing all black, forced her way inside and shot 59-year-old Benito Matanane in the upper chest
She then hit the female occupant of the home in the head with the handgun
Despite their injuries, the victims put up a fight and were able to wrest the gun out of Matanane’s hands
Lee Ann and Benito separated a year ago and are going through divorce
In January Benito was arrested for allegedly running his estranged wife, Lee Ann, off the road, the case is pending
There is also a domestic violence case pending against him stemming from an incident in October 2017, in which Lee Ann was the alleged victim
Lee Ann Matanane was booked into the Cullman County jail, bond is set at $75,000
Lee Ann Matanane from Alabama, has been booked on counts of attempted murder, burglary and assault
An Alabama woman has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, burglary and assault after officials say she broke into her estranged husband’s home, shot him and pistol-whipped a woman who was present there.
Lee Ann Matanane was arrested on Saturday following the armed break-in in the town of Berlin.
According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Matanane arrived at her husband’s home wearing all black, forced her way inside and shot 59-year-old Benito Matanane in the upper chest.
Lee Ann, 54, from Alabama, has been booked on counts of attempted murder, burglary and assault for allegedly shooting her husband in the chest and striking a woman who was with him in the head. She then used the firearm to hit the woman who was in the house in the head, reported Cullman Times.
Despite their injuries, the victims put up a fight and were able to wrest the gun out of the shooter’s hands. Deputies who were called to the scene took the woman into custody and she was booked into the Cullman County jail on $75,000 bond.
On Monday, the sheriff’s office announced formal charges against Matanane, including two counts of attempted murder, one count of burglary and one count of assault.
Mr Matanane and his female companion were listed in stable condition.
Court records show the Matananes have a history of domestic violence.
Lee Ann and Benito Matanane were married in 2002 and separated in March 2017, according to Al.com. A month later, Lee Ann filed for divorce from Benito David Matanane, citing a “complete incompatibility of temperament.”
In October 2017, Judge Greg Nicholas issued a restraining order against both parties from contacting each other anywhere, through any means. On March 2, a mediator in the case reported both sides were able to reach a settlement agreement.
Lee Ann Matanane had no prior criminal history.
In January 2018, Benito Matanane, who works as a truck driver, was arrested on a count of reckless endangerment after he allegedly forced his estranged wife off the road.That case has not yet gone to court.
Benito was arrested on a charge of domestic violence/harassment against his wife in October 2017, and that case is still pending. An earlier similar charge from 2014 was dismissed with conditions.
The couple’s divorce is currently in the process of being finalized.