Estranged husband indicted in Fort Campbell soldier's death

Published 11-14-2018

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - The estranged husband of a Fort Campbell soldier was indicted Wednesday on charges of killing the woman in an off-duty shooting at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman said in a statement that a grand jury indicted Victor Silvers of Clarksville, Tennessee, on seven counts in the fatal shooting of Brittney N. Silvers of Jacksonville, Florida.

Silvers is charged with first-degree murder, domestic violence, violation of a protective order and other counts in the shooting. An affidavit says a domestic violence order prohibited Victor Silvers from possessing a firearm and ordered him to stay 300 feet away from his wife.

Silvers was originally charged by federal complaint the day after the Oct. 14 shooting and remains in custody.

The federal public defender's office said Wednesday that it doesn't comment on open cases.

An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint says Silvers went to his estranged wife's home, where she was socializing with a male friend and began banging on her door. The affidavit says the friend went to a bathroom and heard shouting followed by a gunshot. A short time later, the affidavit says Victor Silvers entered the bathroom and a struggled ensued in which the gun was fired three times, striking the friend in the leg.

The affidavit says a neighbor walking his dog heard the gunshots and saw Victor Silvers shoot Brittney Silvers in front of her residence.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Silvers could face life in prison or the death penalty.

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