An Alpha man reportedly shot in the head Tuesday by his wife has died after being removed from life support, officials said Thursday.
According to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll, Trevor B. Atchison, 21, was declared brain dead at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy Thursday afternoon confirmed Mr. Atchinson died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Ms. Ingersoll said toxicology reports are pending and an inquest is expected within the next several weeks.
At 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Henry County deputies were called to the Atchison home in the 500 block of South 1st Street, Alpha. They arrested Mr. Atchison's wife, Robin Elizabeth Atchison, 29, in connection with the shooting.
She appeared Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court and was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon for allegedly shooting her spouse with a .22 caliber rifle.
Additional charges are expected to be filed against her, authorities said Thursday. Trevor and Robin (Carr) Atchison were married in the fall of 2011, according to public records. Ms. Atchison remains in custody on a $500,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Clint David Cole, 23, of Woodhull, was arrested and charged with unlawful sale of a firearm to a felon. Mr. Cole, who allegedly knew the couple, is held in the Henry County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.