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Affidavit: Woman who shot husband told 911 dispatcher, 'There's nothing to help, he's dead'

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Carolyn DiMatteo in court Monday. Carolyn DiMatteo in court Monday.
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STAYTON, OR (KPTV) -

A woman who had been drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and peach brandy with her husband said she shot and killed him because he threatened her, but investigators said evidence at the scene was not consistent with her story, according to court documents.

Marion County deputies responded to a fifth-wheel trailer on the 115000 block of Kingdom Lane Southeast in the Stayton area at 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Joseph DiMatteo, 69, was found dead at the scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit, his wife, 63-year-old Carolyn DiMatteo, called 911 and reported that she had shot her husband.

Court documents state the 911 dispatcher attempted to give Carolyn DiMatteo instructions on providing first aid, but she replied, "There's nothing to help, he's dead."

Deputies said Joseph DiMatteo had a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Court documents state a .357 Magnum revolver was found on the kitchen counter.

Carolyn DiMatteo told detectives that she came out of the bathroom and her husband yelled at her, called her obscenities and said he was going to kill her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit states she told investigators that Joseph DiMatteo advanced for a gun, but she got it first and shot him.

Carolyn DiMatteo said she did not know why her husband was angry with her, according to the affidavit.

Court documents state Carolyn DiMatteo then took the bottles of alcohol they had been drinking – a half-gallon of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey that was found to be one-third full, as well as a fifth of peach brandy – to her parents' home next door to dispose of them.  

"Carolyn DiMatteo's account of what occurred was not consistent with findings at the scene," a probable cause affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Carolyn DiMatteo told investigators that she didn't intend to kill her husband, however after she obtained possession of the gun, she had a clear and unobstructed path to exit the trailer, but she didn't take it and told detectives she didn't know why.

Carolyn DiMatteo was arrested and booked in the Marion County Jail on the charge of murder. She was arraigned Monday and is due back in court Jan. 20.

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