Treasure Coast man charged with spraying wife with garden hose for smoking
4:27 AM EDT, June 30, 2009
A man was charged with domestic battery after he drenched his wife with a garden hose and attacked her for smoking in the house, according to a police report.
The altercation began Saturday evening when the victim entered the couple's residence in the 1400 block of Northeast Chardon Street while smoking a cigarette.
The affidavit says the victim's husband, John Jeffrey Murray, 51, began yelling at her about smoking in the house and sprayed her with the hose.
When the victim picked up the phone and began calling a friend, Murray believed she was trying to call police and began trying to grab the phone from her.
According to the affidavit, he hit the victim in her mouth with his elbow during the struggle.
Despite the victim's clothes being soaked with water, Murray told deputies he had been watering the grass and did not intend to spray her.
The affidavit says he claimed the water was simply "over spray."