Man, 74, shot; wife, 70, charged

Annie Gaines

A 70-year-old woman told police she shot her husband for his years of infidelity Wednesday morning, but did not intend to kill him.

Joseph Gaines, 74, was discovered by deputies in his home on the 3800 block of Old Waynesboro Road around 2 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Annie Gaines was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.

According to a police report, the couple have been married for 50 years during which time Joseph Gaines had several affairs and children outside the marriage.

The shooting occurred shortly after the funeral for one of his children.

Annie Gaines told police she was upset about the affairs, the other children and that her husband had ignored her during the funeral.

“I wasn’t trying to kill him,” she told police. “I was just gonna remind him that I’m still here.”

Joseph Gaines was treated at Georgia Regents Medical Center for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, police said.

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