The estranged husband of a Texas woman allegedly shot her multiple times while their children slept — just hours before the former couple was scheduled in court for a custody hearing this week.
Aaron Bayne Wright, 42, is accused of breaking into Andrea Wright’s home, cutting her electricity, then shooting her four times while their four children were asleep inside the house, according to authorities. Wright’s current girlfriend, who wasn’t identified by authorities, is suspected to have accompanied him. Andrea Walker was hospitalized and is expected to survive; she required surgery, her boyfriend said, according to KTRK-TV.
On Monday, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a local residence around 3:15 a.m. in response to the alleged attack. The couple’s children — aged seven, nine, 11, and 13 years old — weren’t injured in the incident. Neighbors told law enforcement they witnessed two kids fleeing the home after shots were allegedly fired.
“They came over and saw us out here, a daughter and a son, and we took them in the house to protect them from what’s going on,” Richard Carlson told KPRC-TV.
Detectives said they suspect Wright opened fire on his ex-wife after entering her home through a back window.
Wright then fled the scene, investigators said. He was arrested shortly afterward and charged with aggravated assault of a family member and burglary with intent to commit a felony, according to charging documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Surveillance footage reportedly captured Wright and another individual, believed to be his girlfriend, in the vicinity of his former wife’s home around 3:08 a.m. — approximately seven minutes before authorities were dispatched to the property.
The Wrights were due in court on Monday for a custody hearing regarding their four children.
A GoFundMe page set up by Andrea Wright’s loved ones to help pay for medical costs. The campaign has raised more than $19,000.
In court on Tuesday, a judge suggested Wright used planning and technique in his crimes.
Wright has denied involvement in the suspected home invasion shooting.
“I didn’t open fire,” he told KTRK-TV following his court appearance this week. “I would never do anything around my kids, and I would never do anything like that, ever.”
Wright was being held on a $175,000 bond but has since been released pending trial, following a court appearance this week, where a judge ruled that Wright must wear an ankle monitor. He’s prohibited from going 500 feet from his ex-wife and her boyfriend’s property, his lawyer said.
“We don’t have an offense report yet and I’m not in a position to try the case in the media,” Christopher Tritico, Wright’s defense attorney, told Oxygen.com on Wednesday. “We’re going to get this case put together. We’re looking forward to a jury when we get all the evidence. Things aren’t always as they appear. This has been a long, long, hard, contentious marriage and a harder more contentious post-marriage between a husband and a wife that never got along.”
The individual seen with Wright hasn’t been charged. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 25.