Husband accused of raping his wife

COVINGTON - A 40-year-old Rockdale County man has been arrested after allegedly raping his estranged wife, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, who is 34 years old, went to the Sheriff's Office following the alleged attack and reported the incident. She told investigators that her husband came to her home to do some household repairs.

"While he was there, a situation ensued between the two in the residence that resulted in the charges," said Lt. Bill Watterson.

The woman alleged her husband threatened her with a knife.

Her husband, whose name is being withheld to prevent identification of his wife, was arrested under the Family Violence Act and charged with rape, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, all felonies.

Watterson said under Georgia Code rape is defined as when a male "has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will, and that can apply to husband and wife."

He went on to say that the law says that a defendant who has been accused of raping his wife cannot use the fact that they are married as a defense.

In other news, a man went to DeKalb Medical Center early Friday morning with a gunshot wound which grazed his back and told them he had been shot in Newton County, according to Watterson.

Investigators went to the medical facility to interview the man who told them he didn't know where he was in Newton County, nor did he know who shot him or why.

"We believe he knows where he was and who shot him," Watterson said. "He gave no explanation and was very uncooperative."

He said the victim finally gave them vague directions to a certain area in the county, but refused to be specific.

"We believe this happened in the early morning hours Friday," Watterson said. "The investigation is ongoing, but at this point, we have very little evidence to continue on."

Authorities ask that anyone with information on this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line."