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Former Sandusky contractor accused of killing wife at Fla. hospital

Associated Press • Jul 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

A former Sandusky contractor who moved to Florida has been accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife.

Christine Ann Moretz, 53, who had been visiting a patient at a southwest Florida hospital, was fatally shot by 54-year-old Jeffrey Moretz, who then turned the gun on himself.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said Christine Moretz died at the scene after being shot July 5 at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Naples. Jeffrey Moretz was airlifted to another hospital for treatment.

No one else was injured.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten says it's unclear why Jeffrey Moretz was at the hospital. Batten said Jeffrey Moretz was in intensive care.

Court records show the couple was in foreclosure and in the process of divorcing. Jeffrey Moretz had been charged in 2009 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing a gun in his home, but the charge was later dropped.

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