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Grand Island man says he’s not guilty of trying to kill his wife.

Mario Chavez is accused of trying to kill his wife on the day of his divorce hearing.
Mario Chavez is accused of trying to kill his wife on the day of his divorce hearing.(Hall County Jail)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 2:51 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man accused of trying to kill his wife said he’s not guilty.

According to officials, 45-year-old Mario Chavez is charged with First Degree Attempted Murder, First Degree Assault, two counts of Use of a Firearm to commit a felony and Intentional Animal Cruelty.

He was arrested in August of 2019 after his wife was shot in the back. Police said he attacked his wife early in the morning of the day the pair were scheduled for a divorce hearing. In previous court testimony Chavez claimed he was in black-out and didn’t remember any of the events of that morning.

Chavez last week pleaded not guilty to all six felony charges. His next court hearing is scheduled in Nov. 12.

The animal cruelty charge carries a penalty of three years in prison. Convictions on the five remaining crimes carry penalties of 50 years each.

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