A New York father, Kenneth Dearden woke up in the early morning of 14 November 2013 to find his pillow covered in blood. The confused man had a “agonizing pain in his jaw” and his wife, Emily Dearden, a former NYPD psychologist was nowhere to be seen.
According to CBS News, as his children slept nearby, Kenneth wandered the house in search of his wife. He soon found her sprawled on the living room floor. When he got her up, she said that she had been hit in the head and knocked unconscious by an intruder.
But even in his shocked state, he knew his wife was acting weird. The husband noticed that his wife had the laundry running and hadn’t bothered to check on their sleeping children.
Kenneth was finally taken to nearby Westchester Medical Center where he realized that he had actually been shot in the head. Doctors quickly took him into surgery to have the .22 caliber bullet removed.
Kenneth had narrowly escaped death because the bullet had hit him in the jaw. He was released from the hospital after eight days, but no one was arrested.
After one whole year without having any suspects or any arrests in the case, Kenneth disclosed his suspicion.
According to The Journal News, Kenneth had long known that his wife, Emily, had a “lover whom she had been having an on-and-off-again extramarital affair with, since at early 2011.”
So he thought that the shooting may have been an attempt to get him out of the way, so she could enjoy a life with her lover.
He then filed a lawsuit in which he referred to the night as a “sadistic attack by the adulterous wife on her husband.”
Emily allegedly confessed to the crime and was charged with attempted murder a week after her husband filed the lawsuit. She pleaded guilty to the crime last week.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. said she faces up to 15 years in prison. She will be sentenced on June 7.
The Texas man named Warren Roudebush, who is Emily’s lover has not been brought up on any criminal charges related to the shooting.