Roswell woman gets life in prison for gunning down ex-husband

Jennifer Pugh (Special)

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Jennifer Pugh (Special)

Just after a jury was selected Tuesday to hear the case against a Roswell woman accused of killing her ex-husband, Jennifer Pugh entered a guilty plea, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

And it wasn't the first time she had confessed to fatally shooting Brian Pugh, according to authorities. After the crime, she told her children and her sister, who called the police.

Brian Pugh, 53, was shot six times — once in the face, once in the head, three times in the chest and once in a hand — on April 18, 2013, in the garage of the Serenity Court home in Alpharetta that he had shared with Jennifer Pugh during their marriage, according to the news release from the DA’s office. A neighbor quickly found his body, and other witnesses saw what they believed to be a white man fleeing the scene in an SUV.

But investigators determined that it wasn’t a man leaving the scene. It was Jennifer Pugh. She had rented an SUV earlier in the day, and cut off most of her hair and dyed it, authorities said. She shot her former husband in the garage as he was preparing to move to another home with his new wife, according to the evidence presented in court. His new wife, who authorities said was another intended target, was not at the home.

When Pugh returned to her Roswell home, she told her children that she had shot their father, prosecutors said. She also confessed to her sister. After Roswell police arrived, she told them, too, before being arrested and taken to the Fulton County jail.

On Tuesday, Pugh, 50, pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

She was sentenced to life in prison.