Prosecutor: Man traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio to kill ex-wife

Prosecutor: Man traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio to kill ex-wife
Edward Hopes (Boone County jail)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County grand jury indicted the Pennsylvania man accused of shooting his ex-wife five times then fleeing from the scene in Symmes Township, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Monday.

Edward Hopes, 60, of Lancaster, is charged with one count of attempted murder If convicted, he could face 14 years in prison.

The prosecutor's office said Hopes traveled from his home in Pennsylvania to Ohio with the intent of killing his ex-wife, Kristi Stem, on June 14.

Court records show Hopes waited outside for Kristi Lynn Stem at the Harper's Point Apartments off Montgomery Road on June 14.

Stem was out for a walk when Hopes approached her in the parking lot of Harper's Point apartments. He was armed with two handguns and started shooting, according to the prosecutor's office.

"The victim advised she saw (Hopes) approach her and pull a small handgun from his right front pants pocket and point it at her," sheriff's officials wrote in a sworn statement filed with Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Stem was struck five times and suffered wounds to her cheek, jaw, hip, shoulder arm and buttocks. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"It is a miracle that this woman is alive today.  Hopes should never be on the streets again," Deters said in a release.

Stem identified Hopes as the shooter during a 911 call.

Hopes was arrested without incident a few hours later at a hotel in Hebron, Ky.

Police obtained a search warrant for Hopes' vehicle and located a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .22 caliber semi-automatic hand gun and a 9 mm hand gun in his truck along with ammunition for all three weapons, Deter's office said.  They also found GPS directions to Miss Stem's apartment.

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