Thursday, March 13, 2008

Accused day care shooter indicted for First Degree Murder

Dunn • Being held without bond

FORT MYERS: The man accused of opening fire inside a Cape Coral day care center was indicted for first degree murder Thursday by a Lee County grand jury.

Robert Dunn is accused of shooting and killing of his estranged wife, Christine Marie Dunn, at the day care center where she worked.

State Attorney Stephen Russell released the following statement Thursday:

"After reviewing this case in February, I made the decision to take it to the Grand Jury for their consideration in seeking First-Degree Murder and other charges. Due to the scheduling of the Grand Jury, we had to wait to present the case to them. That is why a Second-Degree murder charge was filed at Dunn’s arraignment. In the State of Florida, a First-Degree Murder charge can only be decided on by a Grand Jury."

The upgraded charge means Dunn now faces life in prison and possibly the death penalty.

On Friday, January 25, Robert Dunn allegedly walked into Bobbie Noonan's Day Care Center in Cape Coral and shot Christine as she huddled in a bathroom with several children.

Dunn was also charged with one count of first degree burglary while armed with a firearm and one count of child abuse.

His next court date is in May.

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