Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Her dying words accuses husband

Husband claims shooting was accident

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKLIN — Lying bloodied on the floor near her work station at Digitron Inc., Shirley Pardon made a dying declaration to the first officer who arrived at the auto parts factory March 24.

        “Michael shot me,” the 39-year-old mother of three told Sgt. Russ Witman.

        Her husband, now charged in her slaying and the wounding of Mrs. Pardon's brother, James D. Allen, of Kettering, told police his wife's death was an accident.

        The bullets were aimed for the man he thought was his wife's lover, Franklin Detective Rick Thacker testified in Franklin Municipal Court Tuesday about Mr. Pardon's statement to police.

        “He indicated he became aware his wife was having an affair with another coworker,” Detective Thacker said. “He pulled a gun in an attempt to shoot Charles Weaver. Shirley stayed between them and he accidentally shot her.”

        Tuesday's hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to send the case to a Warren County grand jury. On Detective Thacker's testimony alone, Judge James Ruppert ruled that there was.

        Mr. Pardon, 26, charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, is jailed on a $2.5 million bond.

        Seated next to his lawyer, Pat Long, Mr. Pardon stared at Detective Thacker, without expression, as the officer detailed the events of that deadly day.

        Mr. Pardon told police he left work at Digitron early that Friday after his wife admitted on the phone that she was cheating on him.

        He went home, and they talked. He drove her to work around 5 p.m.

        They talked again for 15 minutes before Mrs. Pardon walked into the factory, Detective Thacker said. Mr. Pardon followed.

        Witnesses told police that Mr. Pardon barged into the break room where Mrs. Pardon was seated with Mr. Allen and another coworker. He grabbed his wife by the arm and led her away.

        The two went to Mrs. Pardon's work station and confronted Mr. Weaver. The men exchanged heated words.

        Mr. Pardon said he pushed Mrs. Pardon out of the way and fired, Detective Thacker said. She was shot once in the face.

        As she collapsed, Mr. Pardon chased Mr. Weaver through the plant, firing the semi-automatic pistol at least six times, Mr. Pardon told police.

        Mr. Allen was shot in the leg when he got in the way.Three employees, including Mr. Weaver, wrestled Mr. Pardon to the ground, ending the shooting.


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