SHERIDAN — Christopher Fisher pleaded not guilty Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court to one charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Martha Bailey.
The 42-year-old man faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted, as well as up to a $10,000 fine.
At around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, Fisher called 911 and advised that Bailey had been fatally shot, according to court reports. Fisher explained to the dispatcher that Bailey had attacked Fisher and the two struggled with a 9mm pistol pulled from Fisher’s pants pocket. At some point during the dispute, the trigger was pulled and Bailey was killed.
Fisher and Bailey have five children, and the two eldest children were interviewed by a Sheridan police officer. The couple’s 9-year-old child witnessed the shooting.
Fisher will proceed to a jury trial on March 20, 2017, with the pre-trial conference set for Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.
His cash bond was continued at $150,000.