Wife claims self-defense during argument, husband dies days later
CHESTERFIELD — A woman being held for fatally shooting her husband claimed self-defense.
Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office initially charged Jacqueline Turner Caple, 50, of 418 Highline Road, Chesterfield, on attempted murder charges May 4 for reportedly shooting her husband Foyest Caple Jr., 51.
However, when her spouse died as a result of the gunshot wound Friday, Caple now faces murder charges.
Caple remains in Chesterfield County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing from a circuit court judge, which may come as early as this week in Dillon County, in the Fourth Circuit.
The Caples had relocated to Chesterfield County from Lilesville, N.C., about a year ago setting up home outside of Chesterfield, said Staff Sgt. Wayne Jordan, an investigator for Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The couple was experiencing marital problems prior to the shooting, Jordan said.
“She was hysterical about shooting (her husband), but when I talked to her, she was calm,” he said.
Caple told deputies she and her husband began arguing after he returned home after several days. The bickering continued into the bathroom.
Deputies found Foyest Caple on the floor with an exit wound on his back and a bullet casing near his left leg.
“He had an entrance wound around his mid abdomen towards his right side,” Jordan said.
Foyest Caple was transported to Chesterfield General Hospital where he went into surgery; he died May 4.
“By 2 a.m. Friday, it turned into a murder,” Jordan said.
Caple told deputies she believed her unarmed husband approached her as if to strike her.
“We don’t know where she grabbed the gun from, maybe near a dresser or a night stand,” Jordan said.
Caple reportedly called 911 around 5:30 p.m. telling dispatchers she shot her husband; she called again as deputies were on the way that she placed a High Point .380 pistol onto a kitchen counter and would meet law enforcement outside.
Caple waited in a lawn chair until they arrived.