Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Phoenix, Arizona

From Phoenix's Arizona Republic of April 5, 2004:

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Pregnant woman shoots her estranged boyfriend

A pregnant 35-year-old woman shot her estranged boyfriend Sunday morning after he reportedly forced his way into her apartment.

Jennifer Sue Manley told police that Bryant Christopher Watkins, 31, was threatening her from outside the apartment in the 17200 block of North 19th Avenue about 5:45 a.m., Phoenix Sgt. Bill Wren said. Watkins told Manley he would hurt her and their unborn child, Wren said.

Manley is nine months pregnant, and three children - ages 4 and 5, and her nephew, whose age is unknown - were in the apartment at the time.

She feared for her life and the children's safety, Wren said.

Manley shot Watkins twice with a handgun. One bullet grazed his head, and another hit his chest. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. His condition was unavailable.

Wren said police will seek charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence against Watkins.

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