Former north Florida corrections officer charged in stabbing

ASSOCIATED PRESSMay 10, 2013 

JACKSONVILLE -- A former north Florida corrections officer was charged Thursday with stabbing his wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter, just two years after authorities said he shot his girlfriend in the face.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home of 52-year-old Charles Gregg Hendrix around 2 a.m. Thursday after receiving calls about a disturbance. They found the victims when they arrived.

The Florida Times-Union reported the women were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Their names were not released.

Hendrix was charged with attempted first-degree murder and violation of probation. He was on probation following a 2011 shooting of his girlfriend at the time, who was a Bradford County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Authorities say Hendrix, who was then a corrections sergeant for the Bradford Sheriff's Office, shot Lori Ann Jestes in the face with his .40-caliber Glock handgun.

Jestes said she had just arrived home from work and found Hendrix drinking beer and angry for no apparent reason. She said they fought about Hendrix calling in sick for work and accused Hendrix of hitting her face and punching a wall.

She went to pack a bag to leave, but said she later changed her mind, according to police reports.

Jestes told investigators Hendrix pointed a gun at her and said, "I ought to just shoot you." She said Hendrix then shot her in the right cheek.

Investigators said alco-hol was apparently in-volved in the shooting. Hendrix said the couple was not fighting and that the gun went off while he was cleaning it.

He pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to nearly three years of probation.

He was fired from Bradford County following that arrest.

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