Docs: Man shot wife after green card statement 'set him off'

Docs: Man shot wife after green card statement 'set him off'
CALDWELL - Canyon County officials say a 49-year-old man has been arrested after the weekend shooting death of his wife in the Caldwell area.

Chris A. Stone was being held in the Ada County jail Monday on a charge of second degree murder.

Capt. Dana Maxfield called it a domestic situation that went horribly wrong.

The victim, was identified as Florence Madrinan Stone on Monday afternoon.

"Mr. Stone has been cooperating with law enforcement's investigation, but the investigation is still on-going," said John Bujak, Canyon County prosecutor.

According to court documents obtained by KBOI-TV, Chris Stone called authorities Sunday evening and told them he had just shot his wife in self defense after she stabbed him in the abdomen.

When officers arrived, they say they found Florence's body in the back of a mini-van parked in the driveway.

The court documents go on to say that the married couple engaged in an argument while Florence was loading items into a van. Chris tells investigators his wife made a statement that "really set him off."

"You're so stupid, don't you know I just married you for your green card," Chris told investigators of his wife's statements.

Chris tells investigators that he later pointed a gun and threatened to kill her. Florence then grabbed a steak knife inside the van and stuck Chris in the abdomen.

Chris then told police that he fired two rounds into her neck.

"He's a very wonderful friendly family man," a neighbor told KBOI-TV. "We would never in a million years think he would do something like this and I don't think he ever would again. This was a stressful situation. We want him back living next door. We feel safe with him."

Jennifer Swindell, Caldwell School District public information officer, said Chris Stone works for the district as a speech and language pathologist and has been employed since 2004.

Florence also worked at the district as an intensive behavioral specialist, working with students with behavioral issues. She had been employed since 2005.

Swindell says the district has placed Stone on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He cannot have contact with district employees or students.