Lisa M. Shuler (Source: Floyd County Sheriff's Department)
Charles Pierce (Source: Family Photo)
The shooting happened Monday night in the 3800 block of Wabash Avenue in Floyd Co.
FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A man shot at a New Albany-area home Monday night has died, and the woman who told police she fired the shots has been booked into jail on a preliminary charge of murder.
Police were called to the 3800 block of Wabash Avenue just after 9 p.m. Monday after Lisa M. Shuler, 31, said she had shot a man who came into her home. Officers said Shuler had not lived in the home long. Shortly after responding to the scene, the sheriff's office said they determined that Shuler made up the story about the break in.
The victim was later identified as Charles Pierce, 49, of Louisville. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said Pierce died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The sheriff's office says Shuler and Pierce were acquaintances.
Pierce's mother, Mildred Pierce, spoke with WAVE 3 on Tuesday. She says nothing seemed out of the ordinary when she saw her son on Monday.
"He pulled out of the driveway and I called him and said where you going," said Mildred Pierce. "He said he was going over to this girls house. He said mom, I'll see you tonight or first thing in the morning."
Mildred is suffering from cancer and her son lives next door to her. She says the two would see each other often. She's heartbroken she will never see her son again.
"I keep expecting him to walk through the door with the dog to see how I'm doing," said Pierce. "I keep thinking he's going to come home. But, he's not, he's not going to come home."
Mildred Pierce remembers her son most as a caregiver.
"He'd come over everyday. I've got cancer. He'd say do you want me to fix you some lunch, you don't feel like getting up and doing anything I'll do it for you. I'll take you to the grocery, mom, I'll take you. Just let me take you for a ride and get you out of the house for awhile," she said.
More information is expected Wednesday, the same day Pierce was set to start a new chapter in his life, leading his mom to believe it was not a home invasion.
"He was going to start work Wednesday. He had a new job. He had been laid off from work for awhile and he was so tickled that he got a job," she said.
"I have trouble killing bugs. I don't see how they could kill a person. But I hope she has to pay for what she did," Pierce said.
Shuler was in court on Tuesday. The prosecution plans to release more information about her charges on Wednesday. As of now, she is being held without bond.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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