Marylue Wigglesworth has been charged with murder shooting dead her husband on Christmas Day
Wigglesworth, 51, called police after gunning down David Wigglesworth, 57, at their Mays Landing home, in Hamilton Township, NJ, late Sunday evening
Affidavit of probable cause for her arrest states that the suspect called 911, saying she’d been in a fight
Responding officers found David suffering from a gunshot injury, he was pronounced dead at the scene and Marylue was arrested
Police recovered a handgun from the couple’s bedroom
David Wigglesworth is remembered for his local efforts to elect GOP candidates
A middle-aged New Jersey woman has been arrested for shooting dead her politically active husband on Christmas Day.
Marylue Wigglesworth, 51, was arrested after fatally shooting her husband, David Wigglesworth, 57, late Sunday night at their home in Mays Landing, in Hamilton Township, NJ.
The affidavit charging Wigglesworth with murdering her husband on Christmas Day said the couple was in an altercation before the fatal shooting, according to court records.
The circumstances leading to the fight before the fatal shooting remain unclear, but according to an affidavit of probable cause for her arrest, Marylue Wigglesworth called 911, saying she’d been in a fight.
Officers responding to their Mays Landing apartment on Somers Point Road at around 10.19pm on Sunday, found David suffering a gunshot wound, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release.
David was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marylue Wigglesworth told the officer she had shot her husband. A handgun was recovered from the couple’s bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Following an investigation, Marylue was taken into custody on suspicion of murder and remanded at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on Monday.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday that the autopsy report stated that the cause of death is a single gunshot wound and the manner of death to be homicide.
David’s Facebook showed the couple happily spending years together, going on trips to Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Maryland and enjoying summers by the ocean.
David is remembered for his local efforts to elect GOP candidates to town positions, even running for office once himself on the Republican ticket.
But his politics, judging by his footprint on social media, appeared to be a mixed bag. He regularly supported liberal ideals like defunding the police and gun control.
The couple who share an adult son also named Dave, appeared to be happy together, taking family vacations, enjoying their each other’s company. Photos posted to David’s Facebook showed him and Marylue smiling as they took various trips together across the country and overseas.
In September, David posted photos from a trip to Maryland, and in November, Marylue posted photos from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
David is remembered for his community service and political activism, even serving as the best man for the current Mayor of Hamilton Township.
David Wigglesworth was a public figure in Hamilton Township, having previously been president of the Planning Board. He ran, albeit unsuccessfully, as a Republican for the Township Committee in 2012, losing to Democratic challengers Rodney Guishard and Judy Link.
He regularly volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Online, he shared his support for local Republican candidates for town council, but many of his posts in recent years have been denouncing the national GOP as he defended President Joe Biden against complaints about high gas prices and his failed pullout of troops from Afghanistan.
The enigma of his political leaning extended to David Wigglesworth reposting memes supporting socialism and the Defund the Police Movement, as well as one in which he calls himself ‘woke.’
Friends online said they could not believe the tragedy.
One friend posted: ‘I cannot believe this. Our hearts are completely shattered. We’ve known Dave and Mary for years.’