A man apprehended while hiding in a shed at the house where he allegedly shot his wife was bound over for trial Monday.During a brief preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Grover Koon, a family friend testified he saw John Wiley Jr., 39, of Valley, fire the shot. And a police officer testified the wounded victim identified her husband as the shooter.
According to Assistant District Attorney Carlos Barraza, who handled the prosecution, only two witnesses were called to testify against Wiley - the friend and officer Jeffrey Canale, who responded to the shooting.
The victim, 42-year-old Donna Wiley, appeared in court but did not testify, Barraza said. She is still recovering from a single gunshot wound to her left shoulder, he said.
According to police, John Wiley shot his wife Nov. 14 as she walked down a staircase in their home in the 600 block of West Lincoln Highway after they had been arguing.
Jason Baker, the family friend who had been staying at the house off and on, said he heard Donna Wiley scream and saw John Wiley leave then return to the home. Baker testified that he saw John Wiley pull a gun, aim it at Donna Wiley and fire.
Canale testified that after he arrived at the house about 9:30 p.m., Donna Wiley told him, "John shot me."
Donna Wiley was shot with a.32-caliber handgun. On Nov. 16, John Wiley was found hiding in a backyard shed on the property under a blanket and holding a.32-caliber weapon. Barraza said the gun had not yet been tested to determine if it was the same weapon used in the shooting.
John Wiley was held on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearm possession and related offenses. He was charged with a weapons violation because of previous convictions in the early 1990s for burglary and corruption of minors. After the hearing, he was returned to Chester County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.