Wife accused of shooting husband on Ft. Bliss pleads not guilty

A woman accused of shooting her husband at Fort Bliss pleaded not guilty.

Arely Bridgette Ruiz made her first appearance in federal court on Friday.

Ruiz was jailed without bond.

Her attorney, Shane McMahon, told CBS4 that he doesn't think a judge will grant her bond.

McMahon said Ruiz is from Las Vegas and she doesn't have family in El Paso. He said the couple did not have children together.

According to court documents, Ruiz admitted to shooting her husband, Cpl. Luis Beltran, at their Fort Bliss home last month.

Beltran was in ICU, but regained consciousness two days after the shooting and told investigators that Ruiz had shot him, saying, “I would rather have you dead than divorce.”

Ruiz initially told investigators that her husband shot himself.

However, according to her arrest affidavit, she later admitted to pulling the trigger herself.

Beltran said it wasn't the first time his wife had threatened him with a weapon. Ruiz told investigators that Beltran had previously threatened him with a knife, telling him, "Till death do us part."

Members of the Army Criminal Investigation Command went to the home where the shooting allegedly occurred and recovered a 9mm Glock. Photographs taken at the crime scene show blood on the bathroom floor and in the bathtub. CID agents also recovered one shell casing, according to court documents.

McMahon said a plea deal has not been discussed with Ruiz yet.

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