Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Twice, she's faced death

Husband faces more counts in second attempt on woman

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - A Liberty Township man charged with trying to kill his wife three weeks ago is now accused of hiding in her van and shooting her twice in the back of the head Monday morning, officials said.

Amy Rezos, 35, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in critical condition Monday, police said. Hospital officials would not release a condition or confirm she was a patient there.

Her husband, Chris Rezos, 35, is expected to face additional charges of kidnapping and attempted aggravated murder in the Monday shooting, said Butler County Sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer.

Dwyer said Chris Rezos hid in his wife's van Monday and surprised her as she was driving on LeSourdsville-West Chester Road near Milliken Road about 6:50 a.m. She was shot at least twice.

The van crashed, leaving Chris Rezos injured.

"We believe that she was unaware that he was in the vehicle," Dwyer said. "We're still working on how he got into the (van)."

Chris Rezos remained hospitalized Monday at Middletown Hospital.

His condition was unavailable.

Rezos was free on $100,000 bail on the earlier attempted aggravated murder charge.

In that case, authorities said he beat his wife in the head in a West Chester motel room July 2.

Rezos appeared in Butler County Area III Court July 6 and pleaded not guilty. Area Court Judge Robert Hendrickson at that time ordered Rezos' bond increased from $20,000 to $100,000.

It was unclear Monday if Amy Rezos was aware that her husband was out of jail. Court records show she filed for divorce July 15. The couple has two young children.

Sheriff's officials would not comment on the bond, but authorities said they will ask that Rezos remain jailed without a bond when additional charges are filed.

"We're going to petition the court for some kind of very high bond or no bond at all," Dwyer said. "We're going to push the court to really assess this bond situation."

In Monday's incident, authorities said, Amy Rezos left her Dayton Trail home moments before the shooting and crash.

"(Amy Rezos) is being very strong right now," Dwyer said. "She was able to talk to us."


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