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Woman accused of lying about shooting husband

A south suburban woman who claimed she accidentally shot her husband in the face as they were “playing” with a new gun in their kitchen faces felony charges for allegedly originally lying about the incident, according to police.

Desiree Cook called police at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday and said her husband had been shot in the head by someone in the backyard of their home in Calumet City, according to police. Cook told police that her common law husband, Demetrius M. Marshall, staggered back inside after being shot and then collapsed in the kitchen, police said.

Marshall, 41, was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital, where he died at 8:11 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Cook, who had an outstanding warrant from Midlothian, originally made several inconsistent statements, but later confessed that it was she who shot Marshall as the two were “playing with a gun he recently purchased,” police said. She said she thought the gun was unloaded but it went off, striking him once in the face, police said. Cook also allegedly admitted hiding the gun and then making up the story about her husband being shot in the backyard to avoid getting into trouble. Sun-Times Media

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