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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
KEYWORDS: banglist; domesticviolence; florida; gun; killed; shotgun
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To: VeniVidiVici

FREEP the poll on the site! PLEASE, I’m a Floridian and we need all the help we can get.


51 posted on 02/28/2008 4:15:22 PM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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To: Hazcat; dynachrome

Yes... 261... 45%

No... 324 ...55%


52 posted on 02/28/2008 4:25:52 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Thanks!

Let’s keep it going.


53 posted on 02/28/2008 4:37:44 PM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Stupid liberals. If he’d bought a chain saw and cut her into pieces, would this story even have made the news?


54 posted on 02/28/2008 4:47:10 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Alice in Wonderland
Occasionally they pass more than one hospital to get to the one with a trauma center.

It is the decision of the people on board and where they believe they can get appropriate treatment fast without further wasted time for transfers.

55 posted on 02/28/2008 5:03:35 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: irishtenor
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.

I remember that!!

56 posted on 02/28/2008 5:22:08 PM PST by susannah59
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To: VeniVidiVici

If High survives, he will sue Wal-Mart for selling him the gun (a hundred lawyers will insist upon it). In Orlando he may just win.


57 posted on 02/28/2008 6:09:34 PM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: Lucky9teen
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.

Generally, people who commit crimes have greater advance notice of their intention than do those who would have to defend themselves against them.

Someone isn't apt to go out, buy a gun, and then use it, all "in the heat of passion", unless there's a gun for sale 15 seconds from where he happens to be and the seller has no objection to selling to someone who's obviously steamed. How often is somebody going to be sufficiently steamed to go through the trouble of buying a gun and remain sufficiently steamed long enough to kill someone with it, and yet be sufficiently under control that they'll never again get steamed at any time more than 24/48/72/whatever hours later?

How does that compare to number of people were declared eligible to purchase firearms, posthumously?

58 posted on 02/28/2008 8:14:23 PM PST by supercat
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To: Dionysius
If High survives, he will sue Wal-Mart for selling him the gun (a hundred lawyers will insist upon it). In Orlando he may just win.

With the right Orlando lawyer he'll claim that Wal-Mart sold him a defective product - as he wasn't killed when he shot himself in the chest.

59 posted on 02/28/2008 9:47:43 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I guess it would have been OK if he’d undergone the 3 day wait, and then killed her. Or, frustrated in his attempt to buy a gun at Wally World, bought and ax and gave her forty whacks instead.


60 posted on 02/28/2008 11:03:53 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: LetsRok

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?”


Yes, but the quote works best in the original “Archie”: “You’d rather they wuz pushed outta winduz?”


61 posted on 02/29/2008 3:58:41 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Waiting for tagline...)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Wal-Mart will back off in a hurry and pull guns from it’s store.

Which is too bad - guns should be MORE accessible, not less accessible.

The average person doesn't wander into a gunshop to shop around, and frankly, gunshops often aren't the most family-friendly places, how often have you gone into one and some obscene loud-mouth is there talking trash and trying to show off to everyone? I'd be embarrassed to bring my daughter into some of these places.

By marginalizing guns and making them more exotic, the public at large will change its perception of them.

62 posted on 02/29/2008 5:46:06 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: VeniVidiVici
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.

Gratuitous throw-away.

63 posted on 02/29/2008 5:46:57 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Lucky9teen
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.

BZZZZT- wrong answer, hope youve got your asbestos undies on...

This guy wasnt acting out in passion, it was a murder/suicide attempt and the firearm was his best way to achieve his goal, he had already thought it out as evidenced by going to the neighbor and then wally world...

Try out your argument on a dead woman who had to die because she had to wait to get a pistol for protection...

They shoulda let him bleed out...

LFOD...

64 posted on 02/29/2008 5:47:52 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Choose Liberty over slavery... the gulag awaits ANY compromise with evil...LiveFReeOr Die...)
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To: Graybeard58

don’t forget to sue the FBI who maintains the NICS records that allowed him to get the gun.


65 posted on 02/29/2008 6:03:09 AM PST by absolootezer0 (white male christian hetero married gun toting SUV driving motorcycle riding conservative smoker)
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To: beaversmom; VeniVidiVici
"Ah gee, guns and Wal-Mart—two of the left’s favorites to demonize."

Watch for a huge lawsuit against the "EEEvil" Wal-Mart.

66 posted on 02/29/2008 6:12:26 AM PST by Designer
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To: VeniVidiVici
People buying firearms at gun shows and person to person are not subject to background checks.

Liar, Liar!

67 posted on 02/29/2008 6:20:24 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution ? 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

But they were on sale at Gander Mountain this week! What was he thinking? ;)


68 posted on 02/29/2008 6:21:55 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Gabz

See this one?


69 posted on 02/29/2008 6:22:12 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Wal-Mart stopped selling guns in their store here so I guess I couldn’t do that.


70 posted on 02/29/2008 6:29:15 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Yes 275 43%

No 372 57%

71 posted on 02/29/2008 8:10:42 AM PST by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Thank God he didn’t buy a 6-pack of beer and a pack of smokes with that shotgun at Wal-Mart. The Left would have positively gone orgasmic.


72 posted on 02/29/2008 11:55:34 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I’d like to know how this is relevant. She’s just as dead as if he’d owned the gun for 5 yrs.


73 posted on 02/29/2008 11:58:26 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: yldstrk
He also could have probably killed her with no weapon at all.

Further proof that "no fault" divorce kills more people than guns do.

74 posted on 03/02/2008 3:16:57 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Clearly the gun was responsible for the murder; we should outlaw guns. It’s not like the man was a disturbed individual who could have, say, used a knife.


75 posted on 03/08/2008 8:00:42 AM PST by Menelaus (In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.)
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