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Arraignment set for Renton woman charged with shooting husband

A 34-year-old Renton woman was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, domestic violence, in the Dec. 1 shooting death of her husband.

Vanetta Yvonne Richardson will be arraigned on Dec. 16. She’s being held in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle on $1 million bail.  If convicted, she faces at least 15 years in prison.

Richardson called 911 at about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 to report she had just shot her 31-year-old husband, Jerry Lee Butler.

Officers found the Butler lying on the front yard, with seven gunshot wounds, including two in the back, and Richardson with her hands raised in the air, according to the Renton Police Department’s certification of probable cause filed with prosecutors. He died at the scene.

“Please, I shot my husband. Please help us,” she said to responding officers.

Renton officers have been to the residence in the 12400 block of 184th Street on several occasions for domestic incidents, according to Terri Vickers, a Renton Police Department spokeswoman.

Besides the couple, there are six children at home, including three they share in common.

According to the children and with interviews with Richardson, Butler was shot inside the house and after he ran outside.

Officers learned the couple had argued that weekend over text messages he had received from another woman.

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