If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about an hour and a half, you'll arrive in Murfreesboro. The city isn't often in national news, but a recent incident there put the Rutherford County locale on the map for a day or two.
A bride who had just been married was arrested on domestic violence charge after she allegedly pulled a gun out of her wedding dress, aimed it at the groom's head and pulled the trigger. The couple still has a chance to live happily ever after: the gun was not loaded.
The 25-year-old newlywed was still in her wedding gown when she and her new husband began arguing, law enforcement officials said. The couple had apparently been consuming alcohol and their exchanges became more and more heated.
At some point, the woman allegedly reached into her wedding dress and pulled out a 9 mm handgun. She pointed the weapon at her betrothed and pulled the trigger though they had been married just a few hours earlier.
A witness to the incident called police.
"Responding officers let the husband know the honeymoon was over and his new wife was going to jail," said a spokesperson with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
She is now facing a charge of aggravated domestic assault. However, she was able to post a $15,000 bond.
While the story generated chuckles around the nation, the legal reality for the woman is very serious. If convicted of the charge, she could face jail time as well as future difficulties with employment, housing and other parts of life.
A criminal defense attorney experienced in domestic assault defense can help protect your rights, freedom, family life, career and future opportunities.