Harrison Woman Says After Husband Shot Her In Face He Told Her To "Put A Bandaid On It"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Leon Biddy
Leon Biddy

A Harrison woman testified Tuesday that after her husband of two years shot her in the face he told her it "was only a scratch" and told her to "just put a bandaid on it."

Derita McDonough Biddy, 46, said she agreed to go along with him, then she ran out of the bathroom where she had been shot. She said she grabbed her cell phone, then she went outside and summoned help.

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment to the Grand Jury against 48-year-old Leon Melvin Biddy.

He ordered Biddy not to have contact with his wife. He is free on bond. 

Ms. Biddy said she was lying on the couch in their living room on Sept. 28 when Biddy came in with a shotgun, saying, "I tell you what. I'm going to kill you. Then I'm going to kill myself."

She said she first thought he was joking, but he then fired a shot into the ceiling.

The witness said she then ran into the bathroom, locked the door and got into the tub.

She said, "The whole time I was screaming at him - 'What are you doing? Put the gun up.' "

She said only a small portion of the side of her head was sticking out when Biddy fired a shot through the bathroom door. Her face was struck by particles from the gunshot.

Ms. Biddy said her husband saw blood and knew that she had been hit. She said, "He was hollering at me, 'Open the door. Open the door.' "

She said he kicked his way into the bathroom and told her, "You're fine." He said, "You want me to take you to the hospital? If I do, you know I'm done. They'll take me to jail." 

It was testified that Biddy had been drinking prior to the incident.

Ms. Biddy was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

After a short standoff, Biddy was taken into custody.  


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