- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 29, 2004

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman fatally shot a University of Arkansas medical school researcher in an apparent dispute over money at the researcher’s home, police said.

Leslie Ann Myers, 42, was charged with capital murder in the death of Bonny Wallace, 57, clinical research director at the surgery department at the University of Arkansas.

Miss Myers also was charged with attempted capital murder for attacking Paul Wallace when he went to his wife’s aid. Mr. Wallace was not hospitalized.

Miss Myers was arrested about an hour after the attack early Saturday after Mr. Wallace called police. She was jailed yesterday without bail.

Police said Miss Myers once rented a home from the Wallaces. Authorities declined to comment further on their relationship.

According to police reports, Miss Myers went to the couple’s home Friday night and got into a dispute with Mrs. Wallace, apparently over money.

After the shooting, Mr. Wallace, who uses an oxygen tank, struggled with Miss Myers for the pistol, police said. Mr. Wallace told police that Miss Myers pointed the weapon at him and squeezed the trigger twice, but the gun did not fire.

Miss Myers then tried to smother Mr. Wallace with a pillow, but he managed to get away, and Miss Myers fled the house, police said.

Besides her position in the surgery department, Mrs. Wallace was clinical coordinator for research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she helped pioneer the state’s only burn center.

Mrs. Wallace’s death comes two weeks after police said medical student Robert Howard, a former Olympic track star, killed his wife, Dr. Robin L. Mitchell, and jumped to his death from the 10th floor of a dormitory.

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