Woman Cleared in Ex-Husband's Death Charged With Killing Current Husband
Aug. 21, 1996
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A woman who was cleared of wrongdoing after claiming she killed her ex-husband in self-defense in 1974 told police she mistook her current husband for a burglar and fatally shot him.
Investigators were looking for a man who may have been husband No. 2.
Terri Gilbert, 49, was released on $50,000 property bond Tuesday. She had been held on a murder charge in the shooting of her husband, Eugene Gilbert, a Bernalillo County commissioner whose body was found in the basement of her house Sunday night.
Mrs. Gilbert had called police to say she had just shot a burglar.
She was arrested early Monday and appeared in court but did not enter a plea.
Her ex-husband, Stephen Hotchkiss, was shot to death in 1974 in a trailer in Corrales. A grand jury ruled that the shooting was justifiable homicide and she was not charged.
``She said he was attacking her and that she was defending herself. ... There (were) bullet holes all over the trailer and casings scattered all over the place,'' Carlos Pino, a Sandoval County sheriff's deputy at the time, told the Albuquerque Journal.
Investigators learned about the Hotchkiss case from a newspaper clipping that was sent to them anonymously, Albuquerque police Lt. Richard Tarango said.
They also were looking for a man who may have been married to Terri Hotchkiss, the widow, before she married Gilbert in 1975.
``It looks like there were three husbands, and we know two are dead,'' Tarango said. ``I'd like to know where the other one is.''
Tarango said Mrs. Gilbert is refusing to talk to police.
Gilbert, 49, filed for divorce in March, citing ``discord and conflict'' as the reason.
``Look, this is a very trying time for us. Please leave us alone,'' said a woman who answered the phone this morning at Mrs. Gilbert's home.
Mrs. Gilbert's lawyer, Charles Daniels, was unavailable for comment Tuesday, his wife said.