New Jersey woman charged with murdering her husband on Christmas Day

A New Jersey woman has been charged with murder after shooting her husband, a local Republican politician, on Christmas Day.

Hamilton Police responded to a residential building at 5200 Mays Landing Somers Point Road on Sunday in response to reports of a wounded man, according to the Atlantic County Attorney’s Office.

When the officers arrived, they found David B. Wigglesworth with an apparent gunshot wound. His death was pronounced on the spot.

The man’s wife, Marylou Wigglesworth, 51, called 911 saying she was involved in the fight and told police she had shot her husband, local newspaper The Press of Atlantic City reported, citing an affidavit from the arrest.

She was arrested in connection with his death and brought before the Atlantic County Court.

According to prosecutors, an autopsy showed that Wigglesworth died from a single gunshot wound, and the manner of his death was murder.

Wigglesworth actively supported the Republican Party in New Jersey.

He previously served as president of the Hamilton Township Planning Board and unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for the township committee in 2012, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Hamilton Township Republicans shared a tribute to him on Facebook, saying, “He was a dedicated party member and worked tirelessly to support many of the Republican campaigns over the years, including his own. We send our prayers to his son and his extended family.”

According to online records, Wigglesworth has yet to apply.

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