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Shooting case moves on to Superior Court
Woman accused of firing three shots into man
April-Smith-Haag
Haag

An argument in a Lula man’s car preceded three gunshots to the chest and arms, a Gainesville Police investigator testified Thursday.

April Dawn Haag, 29, of Alto, appeared in Magistrate Court on Thursday to answer to charges of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Haag is a former mailroom employee of The Times, though she was not working that day.

She is accused of shooting Larry Roberts, 41, three times in the torso and arms April 18.

Investigator Erin Escalante said police received a 911 call from a taxi driver.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Prior Street, according to the warrants.

Escalante met with Roberts in the emergency room, where he said Haag “started going crazy” before pulling a gun from her bag, the investigator testified.

“She said that she got it off of his nightstand,” Escalante said.

One shot entered in the center of Roberts’ stomach while another left a graze mark. He has since been treated and released from medical care.

Escalante said Haag returned to The Times to speak with another employee, as she was worried about the wellbeing of her dogs.

On cross-examination, attorney Larry Duttweiler asked about a history of domestic violence involving the two. Duttweiler also asked about 911 calls.

Escalante said Roberts was “scared to come forward because he thought he was going to get in trouble.”

The case moved on to Superior Court as charged.

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