Melanie Biggins: Woman who lied about intruder killing husband arrested after hidden gun found in house

Biggins has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action

Melanie Biggins: Woman who lied about intruder killing husband arrested after hidden gun found in house
Melanie Biggins pretended to give her husband CPR when cops arrived (Photo via Jackson County Detention Center)
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Melanie Biggins, a Missouri woman who claimed an intruder entered their home and shot dead her husband, is now facing charges for his murder. In a press release on Friday, the Jackson Prosecutor's Office declared that Biggins, 40, of Kansas City, "has been charged in the fatal shooting on Wednesday of her husband who was shot in his bed." 

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Biggins has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, according to PEOPLE. According to the prosecution, on August 31, officers from the Kansas City Police Department received a call reporting a gunshot in the 1700 block of Gillespie. Biggins was seen attempting CPR on her husband Etienne McEwan when emergency personnel arrived at the site.

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Melanie Biggins. (Photo via Jackson County Detention Center)
Melanie Biggins. (Photo via Jackson County Detention Center)

In a police report that KMBC was able to obtain, Biggins stated that she and the victim were resting in their bed when the bullet was fired. She claimed that as she stood up, she noticed blood on her arm and went to McEwan to switch on a light. She claims that at that point, she noticed that McEwan had been wounded beneath the chin and immediately dialled 911 while giving CPR up until the cops arrived.

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But according to KMBC, the KCPD also noted in their report that two witnesses claimed to have observed Biggins sitting on a couch downstairs after the bullet had been fired, adding that she appeared to have "seen a ghost." According to the outlet's reporting of the prosecution's probable cause statement, Biggins also reportedly admitted to buying a gun from a pawn shop after claiming to authorities that her husband's rifle was the only firearm in their residence.

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The pillow and blanket that were on the floor both had gunshot holes, according to the police, who also said that a purple and black .38 Special pistol case was discovered in a closet. According to KCTV, the pistol was found hidden behind a bunk bed in another room. She allegedly admitted to having an affair during the final year and a half of her nine-year marriage to the victim when speaking with police. She also stated that she wanted to dissolve their marriage but that she lacked the funds to do so. The death was first described as suspicious until authorities determined it was a homicide.

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According to KCTV, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office also verified that McEwan was fatally shot in the back of the head. It is unknown whether Biggins has admitted guilt or if she is represented by counsel.

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