Libby Woman Denies Murder Charge in Husband’s Shooting

By Beacon Staff

LIBBY – A 52-year-old Libby woman charged with shooting her husband to death last month has denied the charges.

Kristina Welch pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide Monday before District Judge James B. Wheelis in Libby. She was jailed on $500,000 bail.

Welch is charged with shooting 50-year-old Charles Bryan Welch on Dec. 8.

Investigators say Kristina Welch told them she had been arguing with her husband and at one point he took out a gun, but did not point it at her.

Court records say Welch told officers the gun fell on the floor later that night and they both went for it. She says she got to it first and shot him in what she thought was his arm. He was shot in the torso.