Woman Charged with Killing Ex-Boyfriend

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

A Johnson County woman is in jail Saturday night, and accused of killing a man outside her home.

Police say 52 year-old Donna Wheeler fatally shot 52 year-old James T. Sparks in the back Friday night. The incident happened outside her home on Barber Branch outside of Paintsville, Johnson County

Wheeler's step-brother, Robert Hall, says the two dated off and on for a year, but it was a troubling relationship. Johnson County Sheriff's officers say they have responded to multiple complaints about the couple in the past.

Hall says Wheeler bought a gun for protection, and was worried why she had it.

"I said, 'Donna please sell it, get rid of it.' Because i knew somehow, someway nothing but trouble's gonna come, and she just never would," Hall said.

Wheeler is in custody at the Big Sandy Detention Center. Her bond is set at $1 million cash.

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