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Exclusive: Accused killer's family, friends describe her as quiet, religious

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Lisa M. Shuler (Source: Floyd County Sheriff's Department) Lisa M. Shuler (Source: Floyd County Sheriff's Department)
Mike Shuler Mike Shuler
Lois Enteman Lois Enteman
Charles Pierce (Source: Family photo) Charles Pierce (Source: Family photo)

SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Explicit new details are emerging about a Monday night shooting in New Albany that was originally reported as a home invasion.

Lisa Shuler, 31, initially told police that she shot the victim, Charles Pierce, 49, because he broke into her home.

Police quickly determined that was not the case.

Authorities said the two knew each other and court documents revealed Shuler invited Pierce over to her home on Wabash Avenue Monday night to play out a rape fantasy.

It's a shocking turn of events for family and friends of the 31-year-old woman.

"I know she's going through horrible things now," said churchgoer Lois Enteman.

It's a sharp contrast to the Lisa Shuler the church congregation knows so well.

"To me Lisa has been a sweet girl," Enteman said.

Lisa Shuler has been a longtime member of the Solid Rock Community Church near Scottsburg.

In fact, it's where she and her husband were married nearly 10 years ago.

Lisa had a career in health care. Those who worked with her described her as quiet and religious, often offering a bible verse.

"It's been completely confusing," Enteman said.

Her church family isn't interested in the details about what happened inside this New Albany home Monday night, or why.

They said they are only interested in one thing. "I'd give anything to let her know [that while] she has sinned, I want to let her know that we love her," Enteman said.

The church of nearly 75 is praying for her. Mike Shuler is the minister at Solid Rock Community Church. He's also Lisa Shuler's father-in-law.

"It's just devastating to all of us. We just can't believe it. It's just still so unreal, you know," Mike Shuler said.

His son and Lisa had taken a break from their marriage. That's when she moved to New Albany from Jennings County about a month ago. Now her family and church family just hope for the best.

"We always will be praying for her. It's the only thing we can do right now, is pray," Mike Shuler said.

Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Lisa Shuler's mother sounded exhausted and said the she and her family are still in a state of shock and are still trying to make sense of everything.

Lisa Shuler is expected in court again Thursday.

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