Dayton man charged with first-degree murder in wife's death

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DAYTON -- A Dayton man accused of shooting his wife was formally charged with first degree murder this morning, Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Rea Culwell said.

According to Culwell, Joseph Shuba, 58, admitted at the time of his arrest he shot his wife, Suzanne. A .22-caliber handgun found near the couple's home at 1001 S. Third St. is likely the weapon used in the murder, she said.

"There's nothing to lead us to believe it wasn't," Culwell said.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday revealed Suzanne Shuba, 59, was shot twice in the head with .22-caliber bullets.

"Initially we did not know how many shots were fired," Culwell said.

Joseph Shuba currently remains in custody at the Columbia County Jail, and bail was set Monday at $700,000. He is scheduled for arraignment May 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia County Superior Court.

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