Wife of California principal charged with attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder- Maria Vides ‘shot and tried to kill Paul Shatswell, in a premeditated attack during a domestic dispute’
California principal Paul Shatswell, 45, is on life-support after he was shot allegedly by his wife on Feb 16
Maria Vides is said to have shot Shatswell at their home in Pittsburgh, Calif., during a domestic dispute on Saturday
Vides, 39, self-employed accountant was charged with one count of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder on Wednesday
Shatswell suffered a brain injury and paralysis and is not expected to survive
A GoFundMe page has been created to help provide for Shatswell’s eight children, ranging in age from six to 29
One of his sons, Paul Shatswell Jr., lost his Paradise home in the Camp Fire six months ago
Maria Vides, [second right, center], has been charged with the attempted premeditated murder of husband, Paul Shatswell, [center, left], after she allegedly shot him at their home in Pittsburg, Calif., on Saturday, Feb., 16
A California woman has been charged with the attempted premeditated murder of her husband, who is not expected to survive, after she allegedly shot him on Saturday.
Paul Shatswell, 45, was alleged gunned down by his wife, Maria Vides, 39, at their home in Pittsburgh during domestic dispute, on Saturday Feb., 16.
Shatswell, who is the principal at the Pittsburg Adult Education Center, is currently on life support at a hospital and is not expected to survive, The Mercury News reported.
Maria Vides was self-employed as president of Bay Area Construction Management Accounting Inc. is facing additional special enhancement charges of inflicting great bodily injury causing a brain injury and paralysis.
The second enhancement alleges that Vides shot Shatswell intentionally.
According to Pittsburg police, the shooting happened after a domestic dispute between the two. It has left the community stunned.
Shatswell has eight children, ranging in age from 6 to 29.
A GoFundMe page created to help provide for the children, raised over $6,000 by Thursday. The fundraiser seeks $25,000 to help the family with “the financial strain that has come from this tragedy.”
‘He was such a pillar to the community,’ said Joshua Selpha, a family friend who created the fundraising page.
‘He’s given back so much to the community as a reserve sheriff’s deputy, a principal and more. He was really beloved in the community. He loved to teach and help give back. It’s really heart-wrenching.’
At least one man who knows Vides was shocked she has been charged with the shooting.
‘Maria would give you the shirt off her back, her last dollar, be there for you in any situation, at any time,’ former colleague Nicky Ballas wrote in an email.
‘She is the most selfless person I’ve ever known.’
Ballas said the pair were ‘always laughing, loving and enjoying life together. They are the best of friends,’ adding, ‘My heart is breaking for them, their families and friends.’
Vides was charged by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office with one count of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder on Wednesday.
Authorities added two enhancements to the charge, the first of which being that Vides inflicted great bodily injury causing a brain injury and paralysis.
A second enhancement alleges that Vides intentionally shot her husband.
Shatswell is currently on life support at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The write up on the fundraising campaign page states: “We are asking for help with the financial strain that has come with this tragedy. Paul’s 8 children all need help in one way or another. Please help the Shatswell family during this heartbreaking tragedy. Anything helps.”
According to Pittsburg police, the shooting happened after a domestic dispute between the tcouple. An enhanced felony charge alleges that Vides shot Shatswell intentionally.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help provide for Shatswell’s eight children, ranging in age from six to 29.
The tragedy is the second to hit the Shatswell family in less than six months. Shatswell’s son, Paul Shatswell Jr., lost his Paradise home in the Camp Fire.
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