Fedak charged with negligent homicide in wife's death

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A man has been charged in the shooting death of his wife on November 6, after she was hit in the head by a bullet from his gun.

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Alexander Fedak, 28, was charged on Tuesday with criminally negligent homicide, vehicular eluding, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and reckless driving.

Affidavits show 25-year-old Shandie Case, of Clifton, died in the passenger seat from a shot to the head after her husband, Fedak, shot at 34-year-old Joseph Anthony Manzanarez while driving.

The incident started as an argument over a truck.

A woman, Jordan Shaw, rented a Dodge truck from Fedak and Case using the app Turo, which helps people to rent their personal vehicles. The woman told investigators she originally rented the truck for one day, but then said she agreed to extend the rental to a week while she arranged payment to buy it.

Fedak said Shaw never paid for the truck rental, and the couple reported the truck stolen on Sunday, November 6, investigators said.

Shaw said she made arrangements to return the truck to Fedak and Case on Sunday evening along with a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Before that meeting occurred, Fedak and Case confronted her and Manzanarez when they stopped at the intersection of D and 32 roads.

Shaw said Fedak and Case pulled up next to them at the intersection and were “yelling and waiving guns,” according to investigators.

Shaw said she drove away toward 32 and B ½ roads. She said she stopped and Manzanarez got out of the car to talk to Fedak and Case. She denied that Manzanarez carried a weapon. Investigators later found multiple handguns and an assault rifle in the truck.

In an interview with investigators, Fedak said Manzanarez got out of the truck and walked toward them while pointing the assault rifle at them. Fedak said he thought Manzanarez opened fire.

Fedak said he shot at Manzanarez through the windshield and then sped past him firing shots while driving, according to investigators.

A short time later, Fedak said he looked over and saw that Case was covered in blood and he believed she was dead.

Once he realized his wife was dead, Fedak told investigators he developed suicidal thoughts because he had no other family besides Case.

He sped toward Delta because he wanted “to say goodbye to Shandie and kill himself,” according to court documents.

Law enforcement officials followed Fedak, eventually stopping him outside of Delta. He was arrested and charged with eluding, while investigators pieced together what happened.

On Tuesday, Fedak was charged with criminally negligent homicide, vehicular eluding, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and reckless driving.

Shaw took Manzanarez to the hospital because he was also shot in the torso during the incident.

Three days later, he was released from the hospital and taken into custody for felony menacing and weapons charges.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein in a hearing said Manzanarez’s weapons charges are because he is a four-time convicted felon and is not allowed to be in possession of a gun.

Rubinstein said testing found Manzanarez never fired a shot during the confrontation. However, Rubinstein also said he was responsible for starting the incident by threatening Fedak and Case with the assault rifle.

Manzanarez’s attorney said his client should be seen as the victim in the shooting, and asked that he be let out on bond so he could continue receiving medical treatment.

Judge Henderson denied the request and ordered Manzanarez be held on a $100,000 cash-only bond and return to court on Nov. 17.

Fedak is also being held on $100,000 cash-only bond.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said Shandie Case died from a gunshot wound to the head and classified her death as a homicide.


Alexander Fedak, 28, and Joseph Anthony Manzanarez Jr., 34


 
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