Arizona wife accused of shooting her estranged husband over divorce

Posted at 11:29 AM, September 27, 2023


PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Court TV) — An Arizona wife is facing attempted murder and other charges after allegedly shooting her estranged husband in his bed during an argument over divorce.

Christina Pasqualetto

Christina Pasqualetto, 62, is facing attempted murder and other charges after allegedly shooting her estranged husband in his bed when he told her he did not want to reconcile their marriage. (Prescott Police Dept.)

Prescott Police Department said in a press release that they responded to the home of Jon Pasqualetto, 80, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his wrist. According to their investigation, the victim and his estranged wife, 62-year-old Christina Pasqualetto, were in the middle of a divorce and had been living separately for several months.

Before the incident, Jon had reportedly changed the locks at his residence and noticed that keys, among other items, had gone missing. He suspected Christina of taking them, which led to a confrontation on the night of the shooting.

On the night of the shooting, Christina reportedly made the two-hour drive from her Gilbert home to Prescott to reconcile the marriage. But when Jon did not return those feelings, an argument erupted. Police said when Jon told Christina he still wanted a divorce and was not going to change his mind, Christina produced a handgun and shot him while he was still sitting in his bed.

Despite being wounded, Jon managed to disarm Christina during a struggle, causing the gun to fall from her grasp. He then attempted to flee the house, using his hands and elbows to strike Christina and escape. Jon ran to a neighbor’s house, where he called 911 to report the incident.

In addition to the shooting, Jon informed officers that Christina had stolen checks and forged one of them for $10,000 approximately a week before the incident, successfully cashing it. During an interview with detectives, Christina admitted to the forgery and theft. Officers found a deposit slip in her possession that matched the fraudulent transaction.

Following these revelations, Christina Pasqualetto was taken into custody and booked into the Yavapai County Jail. She now faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, forgery, and theft.