Florida man who tried to murder wife in preplanned attack left paralyzed after being shot by stepdaughter
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA: A Florida man has been left paralyzed and will never walk again after he was shot by his stepdaughter while he was trying to murder his wife.
Henry Herbig, 65, was arrested earlier this month after deputies from the Virginia Beach Police responded to a Bunsen Drive home at around 9:45 pm on September 8 on reports that someone had broken into the home and assaulted the residents—his stepdaughter and his wife, according to WTAP.
He had first attacked his stepdaughter, hitting her over the head with a large wrench, and then used the same weapon on his wife, who suffered severe injuries to her face. His stepdaughter stopped the horrific attack when she shot him, with the bullet severing his spine and leaving him paralyzed waist down.
Investigators found a journal in the front seat of Herbig's car which was parked out front that showed the 65-year-old had spent a considerable amount of time planning the assault.
They said he went through a lot of steps to ensure the attack could not be traced back to him. This included using several cars to make the drive from his home in Florida to Virginia Beach, bringing gas cans with him, having multiple cell phones so he could not be pinged by GPS, avoiding tolls, avoiding restaurants with security cameras, and using cash for all purchases.
During his preliminary hearing, where he appeared from his jail hospital bed via video conference, prosecutors also revealed that, after he reached Virginia, he put on a disguise, which included a wig, and went into the house with a gun and the large wrench. A bag he had on him was full of zip ties, duct tape, and garbage bags.
Herbig has so far been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, and prosecutors are reportedly planning to up those charges.
His attorney's request that he be granted bail because the jail cannot provide the adequate care he needs to survive was denied, with the judge ruling that the 65-year-old was still a danger to the community and a flight risk. He will, therefore, remain behind bars until a preliminary hearing on December 6.