A Monmouth County woman charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband on Monday performed several internet searches on ammunition and gunshot wounds to the head before the killing, according to court documents.
“If you shoot someone in the head, will they die instantly?” Michele Linzalone, 73, searched on her phone 22 minutes before calling 911 to report the shooting, according to court documents filed in support of the murder charge.
Rocky V. Linzalone, 74, who had been dealing with medical issues, was found dead Monday in the home the two shared on Borden Road in Middletown, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
A Middletown Township police detective wrote in a probable cause affidavit that a search of Linzalone’s phone showed she visited a website titled, “Do you die instantly from a gunshot to the head? Do you feel any pain at all?”
As early as Nov. 18, Linzalone allegedly used her phone to search for information on ammunition. One of those included, “Are hollow-point bullets more powerful?” the affidavit states.
Police said Linzalone called 911 about 10:13 a.m. Monday to report that she had “accidentally” shot her husband in the head while he was sleeping. “She advised the 911 dispatcher that she was playing with the gun and it went off and hit her husband,” the affidavit states.
When the dispatcher asked Linzalone if her husband was still alive, she responded, “so far,” the affidavit states.
When police and EMS arrived, they found Rocky Linzalone on the bed. His body was covered with a comforter and a pillow was pressed against his head, the affidavit states.
Michele Linzalone repeated that she had been “playing” with the gun when it went off. “When the officer asked her what she meant by ‘playing,’ she stated that she was aiming the firearm at her husband while he was sleeping,” the affidavit states.
She said she pulled the trigger believing the gun was unloaded, even though there was a loaded clip in the firearm, the affidavit states. Linzalone told police she kept the loaded gun in the drawer next to her bed for protection.
The woman also told police she waited 20 to 30 minutes to call 911 “because she was in shock and she wanted to get dressed and brush her teeth.”
Investigators spoke with two family members who said that Rocky Linzalone had suffered several strokes in the past two years that rendered him disabled and required his wife to be his primary caregiver, the affidavit states.
“The family members stated that this appeared to take a toll on (Michele) and she became resentful for this towards the victim,” the affidavit states.
Michele Linzalone, who appeared briefly in court via video on Tuesday, is being held in the Monmouth County Jail pending a formal detention hearing. She is charged with first-degree murder and a weapons offense, according to the prosecutor’s office.
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