Indictment of Bellevue man accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife

JACKSON Co., Iowa (KWQC) — Jackson County prosecutors have filed an additional charge against a Bellevue man charged in the shooting death of his estranged wife earlier this month.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed information in the two-count trial charging Christopher E. Prichard, 56, with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

He will be brought to trial on November 4.

According to an affidavit of arrest:

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:50 a.m. Oct. 8 to a 911 call to the Mississippi River Boarding Kennels, 31821 Highway 52, Bellevue.

Deputies found Angela Prichard, 55, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

She had an active no contact order against Prichard, her ex-husband, at the time of the shooting. Police said he has an active warrant for his arrest for violating the no contact order.

Angela Prichard operated the Mississippi River boarding kennels.

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Prichard was arrested at a home in rural Jackson County for violating the no contact order.

Officers found a shotgun and ammunition during the arrest.

Prichard later said he was angry at the no contact order and argued with Angela Prichard at the Mississippi River Boarding Kennels.

He also admitted that he shot her with the shotgun and left the scene, according to the affidavit.

Prichard was initially charged with breaching a no contact order.

Court records show Angela Prichard applied for a temporary protective order on September 1. A final protective order was filed Oct. 7 and was in effect until Oct. 7, 2023, according to court records.

On October 13, police announced he had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife.

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