A woman in Jackson County, Kansas is behind bars today after she allegedly shot and killed her husband.
Officers responded to the 1700 block of Gillespie on a reported shooting and dead body call around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to the home of Melanie Biggins and her 50-year-old husband, Etienne L. McEwan. When the arrived McEwan was found unresponsive on the scene with Biggins performing CPR. He was later pronounced dead.
Police said the incident wasn't originally thought to be suspicious; however, the homicide unit was called in and the death was ruled a homicide by gunshot.
According to KMBC, documents in this case say Biggins told police she was sleeping in bed with her husband, McEwan, when she heard a loud gunshot. In the probable cause statement, police wrote that Biggins said she immediately sat up, felt blood on her arm, crawled over the victim, and turned the lamp on. She told police she rolled the victim over, saw a gunshot wound under his chin, and called 911. Dispatchers told her to start CPR, which she continued until police arrived.
Those documents also showed that Biggins' statement conflicted with two other people on the scene, who saw her downstairs sitting on the couch looking like she "had seen a ghost" after they heard the gunshot.
Biggins told police that during her nine year marriage to McEwan she'd been unhappy. She also said that during the last year and a half she had been having an affair with another man. The only reason she hadn't divorced her husband was because she couldn't afford it financially.
Biggins has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 cash bond in this case.