Shari Tobyne, of Scottsdale, confessed that she accidentally shot her husband near 87th Street and Mountain View Road in the Northeast Valley. The Arizona Republic now reports that the woman has been charged with first-degree murder and abandoning a human body since her confession.
The case of Dwight Tobyne's death in 2009 has been a mystery for quite some time. The man was reported missing on July 21 of this year after the couple's three adult children said that they had not heard from their father since November. The mother had told her children that their father was in Mexico because of a pending legal separation from their marriage. Yet after an investigation, Shari Tobyne said that she accidentally shot her husband of 35 years when she was attempting to shoot herself.
The murder suspect claims that her husband saw her with a gun and attempted to grab it from her, but accidently triggered the gun. She says that a bullet went into his head, killing him instantly. Shari Tobyne claims that she did not report the incident out of fear that nobody would believe her. Instead she allegedly wrapped up her husband's body and dumped the body in a Phoenix desert.
When it comes to murder crimes in Arizona, the defendant can be sentenced to death if convicted of a first-degree murder charge with mitigating factors. More information on the state's capital punishment laws can be found through our Related Resources pages or by contacting a Phoenix criminal defense attorney.