Bail set in Dayton shooting death

Officials say Joseph Shuba shot his wife to death Sunday night in Dayton.


DAYTON -- The Sunday shooting death of Suzanne Shuba may have been premeditated, according to Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell.

Joseph Shuba, Suzanne Shuba's husband, was arrested at the couple's home at 1001 S. Third St. that night.

A judge set bail for Shuba at $700,000 on Monday afternoon during a first appearance in Columbia County Superior Court. Culwell said her office will formally charge Shuba this afternoon.

"We plan on charging him with murder in the first degree based on premeditation," Culwell said.

According to Culwell, the investigation into the shooting indicates Shuba may have left the room where his wife was shot to get a handgun, believed to be a .22-caliber weapon found outside the home. Culwell said Shuba then appears to have shot his wife twice.

"The autopsy is scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning, so we'll know more then," Culwell said.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


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