Lincoln man charged with attempted murder of girlfriend

Javaghn D. Waples

LINCOLN — A 40-year-old Lincoln man charged with first-degree attempted murder of his girlfriend on Christmas morning claimed that a firearm accidentally discharged as he was moving it, according to a Delaware State Police in a probable cause affidavit.

Javaghn D. Waples was also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, terroristic threatening (not guilty plea entered) and endangering the welfare of a child (two counts, not guilty pleas) following an alleged residential shooting incident in the 19000 block of Pine Street.

According to authorities, a 37-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries when struck by a single shot to the upper torso (wounding her lung, the affidavit stated) while in her bedroom. Mr. Waples also suffered multiple broken bones when shot through his right hand, police said. Both were treated at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.

Police were called to the scene at approximately 7:39 a.m. Investigation determined that a verbal altercation had taken place prior to the firearm’s discharge, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. Children ages 15 and 12 were in the next room during the alleged incident, according to authorities, and at least one other adult was in the home.

Police were told by a person whose name was redacted in court documents that the couple “had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all night.”

While Mr. Waples would not say where the gun (described as a revolver in charging documents) was located, according to police, it was not on the bed where he said he left it. No firearm was located at the scene, authorities said.

The injured woman told police the couple had been arguing all night including as they wrapped Christmas gifts together, according to the affidavit, which Mr. Waples denied.

Upon release from the hospital, Mr. Waples was presented before Magistrate Leah Chandler at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,006,600 cash only bond.

According to documents, Mr. Waples was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a felony drug conviction in Kent County on March 16, 2001.

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