The NT

    A Blackford County man accused of shooting his newly- wed wife was to appear for a 10 a.m. initial hearing in Blackford Circuit Court on Monday.

    Dylan K. Lee, 31, is charged with aggravated battery, a Felony 3 carrying up to 16 years in prison upon conviction. He also is charged with intimidation and pointing a firearm, both Felony 6 charges, and criminal recklessness, a Felony 5 charge.  

    The defendant, who will be represented by Muncie attorney John Quirk, was being held in the Blackford County Jail under a $3,000 cash bond.

    Lee reportedly told investigators that the shooting of his wife, Brylin Lee, on Aug. 13 in the couple’s home, located in the 1500 block of South Blackford County Road 800-E, was an accident.     

    The 30-year-old victim, who suffered wounds in her chest and lower back, supposedly from the same bullet, was transported to a Fort Wayne Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is expected to survive her injuries.

    According to police reports, Lee admitted to getting his .45-caliber handgun from his bedroom following an argument with his wife over his refusal to do certain household chores.

    Lee told investigators that he picked up his gun and pointed it his wife after she began using her cell phone to record him sitting on the couch drinking beer. Lee said he pointed the gun at his wife, took her cell phone, threw it on the floor, where he then shot the phone with his handgun.

    Lee told officers that the gun discharged a second time as his wife tried to grab the firearm.

    The couple reportedly had only been married for a few days.