A McCracken County woman is dead, and her ex-husband charged with murder after a shooting Wednesday, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Matt Carter said deputies responded shortly after 5 p.m. to a home on Noble Road for the report of a female with a gunshot wound.

Judy Stalcup, 60, was pronounced dead at Baptist Health Paducah shortly before 6 p.m., despite efforts to keep her alive.

Her husband, Anthony Stalcup, gave "multiple versions" of events, Carter said, but admitted to being the one who pulled the trigger.

In an affidavit attached to his arrest warrant, responding deputies said they found Anthony Stalcup using his phone and sitting on a couch, next to his ex-wife who was in a recliner and had been shot in the upper rear armpit area.

In an interview with detectives, Stalcup claimed he was asleep on the couch when he heard a gunshot, and claimed after he realized she had been shot he saw a gun in her hand, which he said he threw under the coffee table.

Detectives said he later changed his story, admitting he intentionally pulled the trigger to scare Judy Stalcup "with no regard for where the round landed." Detectives said physical evidence at the scene contradicted that account, and noted there has been a history of domestic violence between the former couple.

Anthony Stalcup was arrested and charged with one count each of murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

He was arraigned in district court Thursday morning, where a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Stalcup appeared via video conference from the McCracken County jail, and District Judge Todd Jones set his bond at $1 million cash.

Jones appointed the public defender's office to represent Stalcup, and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday.

At that hearing, if Jones finds probable cause that Stalcup committed the offenses with which he's charged, the case will go before a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict Stalcup and move his case to circuit court.

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