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Geauga County woman says she shot husband who hit her with a pan

Geauga County woman says she shot husband who hit her with a pan

(Thompson) – A Geauga County woman has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband.

The Geauga County Sheriff's Department says 66-year-old Rita Greifenstein fatally shot her husband Peter Greifenstein last Friday.

According to deputies, Greifenstein called police after the shooting and told the operator her husband hit her with a pan and she shot him.

She says she was hit in the head several times. Investigators say it did appear that Greifenstein did have a wound on her head that could have been caused by being hit by a pan.

Peter Greifenstein was shot once in the chest. The Geauga County Sheriff's Department confirmed Rita Greifenstein was being held in jail.

She appeared before Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica Tuesday on charges of first-degree felony voluntary manslaughter.

Stupica set Greifenstein's bond at 10 percent of $15,000. She also cannot leave Geauga County without permission.

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