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Man accused of shooting wife previously charged with assault

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jul 29, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man accused of shooting his wife during a domestic incident pleaded not guilty Monday. Court records show a prior assault charge from 2007.

Steven Meade was arrested after a standoff at his home. Police were called to a residence on Bahama Road near the Greenbrier Golf & Country Club around 9:30 p.m. by Meade's wife. She told officers he had shot her during an altercation.

Meade told police that his wife was upset about scratches on her antique furniture and blamed him. Meade told police he took the small revolver from his recliner and only intended to shoot the gun to make a loud noise and scare his wife.

Meade's wife was able to get out of the home and was taken to the hospital. She is expected to recover.

There was a large police presence surrounding the home while officers tried to make contact with Meade around 10 p.m. He surrendered peacefully around 11 p.m. He told police that he did not know that he had struck his wife and just assumed that she had went to the neighbor's house to call the police.

Meade was arrested in 2007 for fourth degree assault, pleaded guilty to harassment and received two years probation.

Meade appeared via video monitor in his wheelchair and entered a not guilty plea. He told the judge he could pay for a lawyer. The judge entered a $5,000 bond and ordered Meade to have no contact with his wife.