Murder Suspect In Custody On $1 Million Bond


The 37-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Calista Wright Feb. 11 in her Star Valley home is being held in the Gila County jail in Globe in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Paul Roosen is being held on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and burglary. Wright was shot to death on a crisp Friday evening shortly after she and her husband, Garrett, finished dinner.

"I had gone to bed because my back was bothering me," Garrett Wright said. "I had taken my medicine and laid down with the heating pad. My wife was finishing up, cleaning the kitchen and the dishes."

Roosen returned home just before 10 that evening while Mrs. Wright was in the master bathroom getting ready for bed, her husband said. Just as she shut the bathroom door, Wright said, the bedroom door flew open and Roosen fired three shots, each one missing him. As Mrs. Wright came out of the bathroom, Roosen turned the gun on her, fatally shooting her in the head, Wright said.

Wright said he stopped Roosen down the hall from the bedroom and beat him with pool cues until officers arrived.

Roosen was transported to a Valley hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was later taken to a Maricopa County holding facility and was booked into Gila County jail Feb. 25.

"Without going into any of the details, we feel confident we have a pretty good case here," Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose said Monday.

A pretrial conference has been set for April 3 in Globe.

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