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March 5, 2001

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A north Okaloosa County woman is charged with Attempted Murder after shooting her boyfriend over the weekend. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrested Angela Marie Franklin, age 24 (12-31-76), of 931 Holt Lane, Saturday afternoon (March 3).

She is accused of shooting Wayne Eugene Ates, age 32 (5-9-69), of the same Holt address. Ates was struck in the left side of the face with a blast from a .410 gauge shotgun during an argument at the couple's home. Ates walked to a neighbor's house, who called 9-1-1 to report the incident. He was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

Deputies recovered the shotgun from the woods behind the residence, where Franklin admitted hiding it after the incident.

According to an investigation by Investigator Monty Easterday of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the dispute began when Franklin demanded her prescription pills, and Ates refused to give them to her. Franklin stated she believed the shotgun was not loaded when she pointed it at Ates and pulled the trigger in an effort to intimidate him during the argument.

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