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Man Who Killed Wife Bought Shotgun From Wal-Mart Hours Earlier
WFTV-TV Orlando ^ | 02/27/2008 | WFTV

Posted on 02/28/2008 2:40:27 PM PST by VeniVidiVici

MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A Marion County man who opened fire on his wife bought the shotgun used in the crime just hours earlier at a nearby Wal-Mart. He didn't have to wait to get the gun. He passed a mandatory background check in the store and walked right out with it.

The man then went back into the store and bought some shotgun shells. Detectives said he then went home and murdered his wife.

Cheryl Schleher heard a knock at the door Monday night around 11 o'clock. It was her neighbor, Johnny High.

"My husband went out there and he asked my husband if he had a shotgun," she said.

High left Schleher's home empty-handed. Tuesday morning, deputies said he came to the Wal-Mart on State Road 200. He bought a shotgun, some shells and took them home, where he opened fire on his wife, Kimberly.

"We have witnesses that actually watched her run from the house and watched him chasing after her and he shot her in the yard [in the back]," said Sgt. Brian Spivey, Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Kimberly High died in her backyard. Deputies said her husband then went inside their trailer home and shot himself in the chest. The first officers on the scene said High was still conscious when they got there and he confessed.

Schleher said the couple was getting a divorce. She said Johnny looked liked he had been crying the night he came to her house. She didn't know what he was about to do. Just the same, she wishes she had warned Kimberly.

"When my husband told, told me, I said, 'We need to tell Kimmy, though. I don't know. She was a good friend," she said.

The sheriff's office said Johnny High is in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. The Highs have two children, four and seven years old. They were not home when their mother was killed. They are now with their grandparents.

In Florida, there is a three-day waiting period for handguns, but there is no waiting period for long guns. In addition, background checks are only required at federally-licensed gun stores. People buying firearms at gun shows and person to person are not subject to background checks.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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Make sure you vote in the poll asking if there should now be a mandatory wait for long guns
1 posted on 02/28/2008 2:40:31 PM PST by VeniVidiVici
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To: VeniVidiVici

So, if he didn’t get a gun, he would have bought a knife.

Or a screwdriver.

Or a nailgun.

Or a shovel.

Or a brick.

Or run her over with his car.

The gun did not kill the woman. The man operating the gun killed her.


2 posted on 02/28/2008 2:43:02 PM PST by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

If he had bought a baseball bat or an axe would there be an outcry for a waiting period on those too?


3 posted on 02/28/2008 2:44:30 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: VeniVidiVici
Ah gee, guns and Wal-Mart—two of the left’s favorites to demonize.
4 posted on 02/28/2008 2:45:25 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: VeniVidiVici
How about a mandatory waiting period for butcher knives, or ice picks, or #2 pencils?

More wrong headed, fell-good liberal efforts that are wholly mis-directed. Punish us all...lower us all to the lowest common denominator. Then their liberal government can take care of us all...with all power.

This woman's only chance for survivial was to either be gone already from this guy, or to somehow defend herself against him.

5 posted on 02/28/2008 2:45:34 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: VeniVidiVici

Sue Wal-Mart, the gun manufacturer and the shot gun shell manufactuer, sue the gas station that sold him the gas to get to W-M and the car dealer who sold him his car. Hold everybody responsible except the nut who murdered his wife - it’s the American way.


6 posted on 02/28/2008 2:46:12 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: VeniVidiVici
I love Wal-mart, but I have enough guns, my wife is well behaved, oops she reads all my posts..
7 posted on 02/28/2008 2:47:32 PM PST by boomop1
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To: exit82
yup... perhaps we should put a waiting period on blunt objects (a toaster), sharp objects (a pencil), flammable substances (gasoline), caustic substances (drain cleaner), objects suitable for strangulation (an extension cord)... hmm, what else, maybe potentially lethal projectiles (a baseball)? Ohh and don't forget, he could maybe drown her in a bucket of water.. better put a wait on that too!

In an obtuse way, this reminds me of Mugabe over in Zimbabwe combating that country's death-spiraling economy by making it illegal to raise prices- in other words, he banned inflation. Maybe one day the Left will just ban death altogether..?
8 posted on 02/28/2008 2:51:50 PM PST by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: boomop1
I have plenty myself, as do the kids - and the wife.

They prefer the .22s and .223s. I like the bigger stuff.

We have a number of weapons per individual, adults and kids, in the house and none of them have run around outside shooting at people.

Both my guns and family :-).

9 posted on 02/28/2008 2:52:03 PM PST by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Let’s see. First the guy went next door to see if he could borrow a shotgun from the neighbors. At 11 pm. He left empty-handed. Later, the neighbor expressed regret that she hadn’t warned the wife that crazy guy was out looking for a gun. Or called the cops to alert them. Sheesh.

But by all means let’s ban guns when we should be banning crazy guys, morons and not-my-problem neighbors.


10 posted on 02/28/2008 2:52:25 PM PST by Argus
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To: VeniVidiVici

sadly, this murder was committed before the jerk ever went to Wal-Mart.


11 posted on 02/28/2008 2:54:27 PM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: VeniVidiVici

WALMART made him shoot his wife in the back...not the fact that he’s a psycho coward.


12 posted on 02/28/2008 2:55:10 PM PST by varyouga ("Rove is some mysterious God of politics & mind control" - DU 10-24-06)
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To: VeniVidiVici

He also could have probably killed her with no weapon at all.


13 posted on 02/28/2008 2:55:10 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"Man Who Killed Wife Bought Shotgun From Wal-Mart Hours Earlier"

See, finally the lefties have seen the light...

Guns don't kill people...

Wal-Mart Kills people...

(Well they are getting closer anyhow)

14 posted on 02/28/2008 2:55:17 PM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: PeteB570
My son and his wife and my new granddaughter are coming from Korea Sat so she will try to make me unload and store but NOoooooooooo. I am excited he had 2 tours in Kuwait and Iraq.
15 posted on 02/28/2008 2:55:59 PM PST by boomop1
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To: VeniVidiVici

Wherever a murderer buys a firearm, the place of purchase will be publicized and attacked with propaganda, lawsuits and the like over it. And if the purchaser is a “male,” that will be publicized too, for feminism and to further deprive men of constitutional rights.


16 posted on 02/28/2008 2:57:44 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Darn those Chinese!


17 posted on 02/28/2008 2:59:03 PM PST by pilipo (I am officially a man without a country.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I guess if the only tool you have is a twelve gauge, everything looks like a woodchuck!


18 posted on 02/28/2008 3:00:21 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
In Florida, there is a three-day waiting period for handguns, but there is no waiting period for long guns.

So what would they say if he shot her on the fourth day? What if he shot her on the first day after a two-week wait, after a one -month wait, after a . . .?

In addition, background checks are only required at federally-licensed gun stores. People buying firearms at gun shows and person to person are not subject to background checks.

What has that got to do with this tragedy, other than to cram in as much anti-gun B/S in as possible.

19 posted on 02/28/2008 3:00:22 PM PST by Oatka (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: boomop1
I love Wal-mart, but I have enough guns, my wife is well behaved, oops she reads all my posts..

Be extra careful. My wife wanted to know my screen name and I told her it was boomop1.

20 posted on 02/28/2008 3:02:12 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: exit82

So, if he didn’t get a gun, he would have bought a knife.

Or a screwdriver.

Or a nailgun.

Or a shovel.

Or a brick.

Or run her over with his car.

The gun did not kill the woman. The man operating the gun killed her.

You are CORRECT....


21 posted on 02/28/2008 3:03:45 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: djf

“I guess if the only tool you have is a twelve gauge, everything looks like a woodchuck!”

since I use the “hammer and nail” one a lot, I thought this was quite funny.


22 posted on 02/28/2008 3:06:29 PM PST by stompk
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To: VeniVidiVici
"My husband went out there and he asked my husband if he had a shotgun," she said. High left Schleher's home empty-handed.

ummmm,wait a minute here.....ummmmm.....hmmmm...wait a minute,I think I'm coming up with a comment....hmmmm....nope,can't figger it oot.

23 posted on 02/28/2008 3:08:37 PM PST by Minnesoootan (CHANGE: That's all tax payers will be left with.)
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To: Graybeard58

LOL


24 posted on 02/28/2008 3:09:18 PM PST by boomop1
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To: VeniVidiVici
Yes 256 votes 48%
No 282 votes 52%

Funny how shootings and polls to ban/restrict gun ownership proliferate around election time.

25 posted on 02/28/2008 3:11:28 PM PST by JOAT
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To: beaversmom

Some of us on the right are not so keen on Wal Mart either.


26 posted on 02/28/2008 3:12:23 PM PST by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Right.. nut case uses gun to kill, so all Americans should have their gun rights removed. Nut case pours gasoline over someone and sets them on fire, so all Americans should be banned from purchasing gas. Makes sense
27 posted on 02/28/2008 3:12:38 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: beaversmom
Ah gee, guns and Wal-Mart—two of the left’s favorites to demonize.

And he probably drove an SUV with Exxon-Mobil gas in it to the store and back.

28 posted on 02/28/2008 3:12:48 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: exit82

And bath tubs. Drew Peterson’s third wife was killed in/with a bath tub.


29 posted on 02/28/2008 3:13:25 PM PST by Hoffer Rand
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To: exit82
So, if he didn’t get a gun, he would have bought a knife.

He was going to kill her, one way or the others. He wanted her dead, and the method didn't matter.

30 posted on 02/28/2008 3:15:08 PM PST by xJones
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To: boomop1

don’t even think about it darling because I have already left notes to all my friends about what guns you have and if I am found dead and you aren’t around well....watch out darling...but I know you love me and you wouldn’t do anything like that now would you??? ha ha..


31 posted on 02/28/2008 3:16:22 PM PST by MsBoomop1 (WWJD)
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To: VeniVidiVici

As the Meathead said to Archie,”Guns are the number one cause of murder in this country!” and Archie replies to the Meathead,”Would you rather they be shoved out a window instead?”


32 posted on 02/28/2008 3:18:25 PM PST by LetsRok
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To: Resolute Conservative

When I wrote a thesis on hand gun control, I found an article from Scotland where the doctors there were calling for a ban on kitchen knives, because that is the most popular form of attack due to there being no hand guns.


33 posted on 02/28/2008 3:20:19 PM PST by irishtenor (Check out my blog at http://boompa53.blogspot.com/)
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To: VeniVidiVici
It's a good thing the neighbor didn't have a shotgun to lend to the nut case husband. He might well have been made an accessory to 1st degree murder.

We have over 300 million people in the U.S. Even a tiny percentage of nut cases in a population that large is going to have plenty of bad news every day.

34 posted on 02/28/2008 3:20:59 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: boomop1
I love Wal-mart, but I have enough guns, my wife is well behaved, oops she reads all my posts..

She does? Really? You're not the sharpest blade in the........

Well, I know your wife will be overjoyed to know how much you have always praised and bragged about her. What a sweetheart, what a darling. Every man should be so lucky as you!

You owe me your soul now.

35 posted on 02/28/2008 3:21:55 PM PST by xJones
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To: VeniVidiVici

Walmart does kill, he went there because buying the gun was “for less”.


36 posted on 02/28/2008 3:22:16 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: VeniVidiVici

Wal-Mart better watch out for the lawyers...


37 posted on 02/28/2008 3:23:11 PM PST by yield 2 the right
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To: xJones

You got that right, she already caught me.


38 posted on 02/28/2008 3:24:23 PM PST by boomop1
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To: VeniVidiVici

they pulled the poll


39 posted on 02/28/2008 3:25:12 PM PST by Tigercap (McCain. For Supreme Court judge nominations and WOT progress if nothing else.)
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To: xJones

See post 31.


40 posted on 02/28/2008 3:27:06 PM PST by boomop1
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To: boomop1

I did. Get right with God now!;)


41 posted on 02/28/2008 3:30:23 PM PST by xJones
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To: VeniVidiVici; 2ndDivisionVet; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; AmericaUnite; ...
Poll is still up. Click on "cast your vote" in the middle of the page. See #1

FREEP THIS POLL ***PING!*** FRmail me if you want to be added or removed from the Fearless Poll-Freeping Freepers Ping list. And be sure to ping me to any polls that need Freepin', if I miss them. (looks like a medium volume list) (gordongekko909, founder of the pinglist, stays on the list until his ghost signs up for the list)

42 posted on 02/28/2008 3:35:06 PM PST by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Why would they bring Johnny High to an Orlando hospital? There are three in Marion County. Even Shands at UF in Gainesville is closer than Orlando.


43 posted on 02/28/2008 3:41:19 PM PST by Alice in Wonderland (4-hshootingsports.org)
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To: xJones

LOL I pray each day that my previous transgressions have been forgiven, oh BTW my choir will be on ISPN network Sunday night and Monday night. I will be absent because of my son and family coming back from Korea Sat night, my choir director is a jewel and no one can match him. I love him like a son, he is my hero.


44 posted on 02/28/2008 3:42:02 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Oatka
What has that got to do with this tragedy, other than to cram in as much anti-gun B/S in as possible.

Yeah, I'd say this article was more biased than most I read on this site. Maybe it was outsourced to Zimbabwe.

45 posted on 02/28/2008 3:46:30 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I think the whole purpose of the “waiting period” on guns, is for the reason of not having one readily available to act out like this man did, in heat of passion, etc.

True, he could have used another form of weaponry, but what if he didn’t want to get his hands dirty? What if he was only able to bring himself to use a gun? Then if he had to wait, he may have thought about his intentions and changed his mind.

Maybe...just maybe.


46 posted on 02/28/2008 3:54:57 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: exit82

Exactly.


47 posted on 02/28/2008 3:56:14 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
A trial layer’s dream. Man kills wife with a gun he bought at Wal-Mart. Oh did I mention, trial lawyers contribute more money to Democrats than any other group.
48 posted on 02/28/2008 3:58:26 PM PST by kempo (H)
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To: Tigercap

“they pulled the poll.”

Nope. I just voted. Try again.


49 posted on 02/28/2008 4:12:53 PM PST by nralife
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To: VeniVidiVici
People buying firearms at gun shows and person to person are not subject to background checks.

Flat out lie! ONLY person to person sales are exempt from background check.

50 posted on 02/28/2008 4:13:11 PM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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