Clipped From The Gastonia Gazette
Woman's- bond is boosted A Gaslonia woman already free under $1,000 bond for tha alleged murder of her husband, waived a preliminary hearing In District Court today and had bond upped to $5,000. Chief District Court Judge Lewis Bulwinkle, who set bond at $1,000 for Mrs. Merle Wiggins Dominy, of Ihe Beverly Hills Mobile Home Park, in a midnight hearing on the night of the shooting, bound the attractive middle-aged woman over to Superior Court pending action by Ihe Gaston County grand jury. Sirs. Dominy is accused of killing her husband, Gordon R. Dominy, of 2206 Pineview Lane on Aug. 25 when Dominy came to her trailer to bring their 14- year-old daughter home. Rural police, who found Dominy dead of a single .22 caliber gunshot wound in the back, said Mrs. Dominy had called Rural Police earlier that night to say that her husband had been drinking and lo reportedly say is he tried to enter the trailer when he returned, she would shoot him. Pll. L. H. Dixon, assigned to the police desk, took the telephone call. According to a report of the telephone c;" Dixon, the caller sale her husband returned her daughter to Ihe trailer and did nct - aUclri|)l [o en[f , r she would not shoot ' njm Lt. Floyd Brandon and Sgt. Bill Hovis said when Ihey arrived at the trailer they found D'miny's body lying in Ihe yard about 14 feet from Ihe front door. Dominy had been shol in Ihe back, officers said. Police complained thai they did not have Ihe opportunity lo go through the usual routine of arrest, including booking, and that Mrs. Dominy was met at Ihe courthouse by her attorney and Bulwinkle who held the midnight hearing and allowed Mrs. Dominy to go free.