The wife of a 33-year-old North Little Rock man accused of shooting her told a Pulaski County circuit judge this week that her gunshot wound was self-inflicted, just like he told police who arrested him.
Terry Lee Harris has been jailed since his March arrest about 4½ hours after North Little Rock police found Kimberly Denise Chattmes bleeding from a gunshot wound on the right side of her head at the couple’s Maple Street home.
Harris is charged with first-degree domestic battering and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He’s scheduled to stand trial in August. He was on parole at the time of his arrest.
The charges typically carry up to 55 years in prison because they involve the use of a gun, but Harris’ criminal history and allegations that at least one of Chattmes’ children witnessed the shooting qualify him for an extended sentence.
“I shot myself,” Chattmes testified on Wednesday.
Chattmes was in court to ask Judge Herb Wright to cancel his order barring Harris from contacting her. The judge agreed to rescind the order after Chattmes testified that she shot herself and did not understand why her husband had been arrested.
“I don’t want it [the order],” she said. “I don’t know why my husband is locked up.”
Chattmes, 30, testified while holding two bottles of prescription medication she had brought to court with her. Just before she was called to the witness stand to be sworn in to testify, she worried aloud that she might suffer an anxiety attack and could need her medication.
Court records show Chattmes spent about two months in 2014 at court order in the State Hospital while doctors determined whether she was fit to stand trial on a firearm charge.
She was released after doctors concluded that, although