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'My Brain Is Broken': Maine Man Claims He Felt 'Out Of His Body' After He's Accused Of Murdering His Wife

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Source: UNSPLASH; York County Superior Court via Zoom

Apr. 14 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A military veteran who reportedly had a history of post-traumatic disorder is charged with murdering his wife in southwest Maine after filing for divorce.

“I snapped,” James Crow wrote on Facebook before he was arrested for a deadly April 10 shooting. “My brain is broken.”

Crow, 40, is held without bail after making his first court appearance on April 12.

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An affidavit filed with York County Courts says he shot Kristan Crow, 39, at their Alfred home, but did not mean to do so.

James Crow reportedly told a sheriff's officer he “felt out of his body.”

The suspect's brother, Justin Crow, said the shooting followed a domestic argument about whether Kristan Crow would leave their home. The alleged victim was found on a bed with blood around her face, an affidavit stated.

Members of the Maine State Police knew Crow had mental health issues, court records show.

His brother said Crow was on medication for PTSD and depression, after combat service in Afghanistan. But he filed for divorce two weeks ago, which could have contributed to the incident, authorities said.

The Crows had three children, two of them high school students. Their school went into lockdown as news spread of the shooting.

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According to the Portland Press-Herald, Crow said he was sorry for what he did in his Facebook post.

“There’s no coming back now,” Crow wrote. “I love my children so much and I only hope that someone good takes care of them.”

His wife had her own legal issues, dating from last October.

The Bangor Daily News reported Kristan Crow was awaiting trial for wire fraud. She allegedly stole $400,000 from the engineering company where she worked.

A Maine grand jury will review James Crow's case and decide whether to issue an indictment.

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