Murder Suspect Still In Hospital


Garrett Wright of Mesa buried his 41-year-old wife, Calista, Wednesday, who was shot and killed a week ago in their Star Valley home.

The suspect, Paul Roosen, who worked as the couple's live-in caretaker, remains in custody at Maricopa County Medical Center, where he is being treated for injuries he received Feb. 11, the night of the shooting.

"The saddest part, I think, is that (Roosen) doesn't remember a thing," Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Tommie Rasmussen, said.

On the night of the shooting, Roosen reportedly returned to the Star Valley home on Chitwood Trail that he shared with Wright and his wife.

Wright had already gone to bed to ease a back ache. Mrs. Wright was in the master bathroom getting ready for bed.

It was just before 10 p.m. when Roosen, who was allegedly intoxicated, reportedly barged into the couple's bedroom and started shooting. Wright said Roosen shot at him three times; he rolled off the bed to safety. When Mrs. Wright came out of the bathroom, the shooter turned the gun on her. She was shot once in the head.

Roosen left the bedroom and headed down the hall toward his own bedroom, Wright said Monday. Armed with his own gun, Wright said he snuck up behind Roosen and clubbed him in the head with the butt of his weapon.

"It fell out of my hand, and I didn't have any way of defending myself," he said. "But I grabbed a pool stick and started beating him as hard as I could. I did that until I was sure he couldn't get up."

When deputies arrived, they found Roosen severely injured, lying in the Wright's recreation room.

Calista Wright died that evening at a Valley hospital as the result of her injuries.

"(Roosen) was quite intoxicated," Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff said. A blood-alcohol test was performed on the suspect, but results have not yet been released.

Roosen, 38, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

The case is still open, Sgt. Rasmussen said, but detectives conducted a thorough investigation of the crime scene, and the trajectory patterns and ballistics tests confirm Wright's account of his wife's murder.

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