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Affidavit: Vancouver man shot, killed wife after repeatedly threatening her life

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A man shot and killed his wife in their Vancouver home after threatening to kill her and their three young children, according to court documents.

Todd Richard Marjama Jr., 27, was booked into the Clark County Jail on Wednesday on the charge of first-degree murder.

Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on the 7300 block of Northeast 109th Avenue at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday. Amanda Marjama was found dead in the home.

According to court documents, her brother also lives in the home and said he heard a gunshot in the master bedroom. He went in and found Todd Marjama sitting on the end of the bed holding a revolver.

He told investigators Todd Marjama's left hand appeared to be injured and he believed his brother-in-law shot himself.

He took the gun and locked it in a safe in his bedroom, before attempting to drive Todd Marjama to the hospital.

Another family member who lives nearby also went into the home.

"Todd told her that he didn't do anything; that he had shot his gun in his own house, and that he didn't shoot anybody," court documents state.

The woman yelled for the men to not drive to the hospital, according to court documents, after she found Amanda Marjama's body in a bathroom off the master bedroom.

A probable cause affidavit states Todd Marjama then ran off, but was caught by deputies several blocks away.

Emery Steiner, who lives on NE 107th Ave., said Marjama ran into his driveway, covered in blood.

"He just kept screaming, 'I'm a veteran," said Steiner.  "We didn't know what was going on, and then a car pulled up and a guy said, 'he just killed my sister."

Steiner said his wife called 9-1-1, and a deputy showed up moments later to take Marjama into custody.

Family members told investigators that Amanda Marjama learned her husband had been having an affair, according to the affidavit, and the couple had been fighting ever since.

A probable cause affidavit states Todd Marjama made threats to kill his wife and their three children – ages 2, 4 and 7 years old – about two weeks ago. The affidavit states he had also threatened to kill his wife two days before the shooting, according to family members.

Family members asked her to get a restraining order, but she refused, according to court documents.

Amanda Marjama's mother showed investigators text messages sent to her by Todd Marjama that threatened her daughter's life, court documents state.

Court documents state Todd Marjama was seen outside his home holding a handgun and yelling just prior to the shooting.

A family member said Todd Marjama claimed his wife had been lying to him and corresponding with a male friend online, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit states Todd Marjama was calm at the hospital, did not ask about anything that had happened and volunteered to deputies that he did not remember what happened.

The couple's three children were in the home at the time of the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Todd Marjama, who has no prior criminal history, was treated and released at the hospital before being booked into jail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.

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