SALEM - A Salem man is charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife and investigators said he initially tried to fool them, by staging an attack.
Deputies found the 30-year-old woman dead at a home on Heckart Lane SE in Salem just before 1 p.m. Monday.
The victim's estranged husband, 45-year-old David Paul Eaton was the person who called 9-1-1.
Investigators said he told dispatchers he and his wife were involved in divorce settlement discussions and she got angry, then came at him with a kitchen knife. He said that's when he pulled out a gun and shot her, to defend himself.
Detectives said Eaton later changed his story and confessed to murder. They said he became enraged when his wife reneged on an agreement. He said he got his gun from the bedroom and shot her in the hallway, then planted a kitchen knife in her hand before police arrived.
Eaton was arrested and charged with murder.
Detectives said he also admitted to past incidents where he contemplated killing his wife, at one point planning a way to poison her.