A Sterling woman accused of killing her husband in May was indicted Monday for first-degree murder.
Rosangela Spradling, 42, is accused in the shooting death of her husband Steven Spradling, 52, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police officer, inside their Blossom Drive home.
A grand jury also indicted the wife on charges of maliciously discharging a firearm into a dwelling and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
A five-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9 in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
In an Aug. 12 preliminary hearing
, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Detective C. Cunningham testified that Rosangela Spradling, through an interpreter, said her husband had been heavily drinking prior to the shooting and uttering threats under his breath.
Steven Spradling, Cunningham testified, had allegedly threatened to cut his wife's head off prior.
The wife, following the shooting, described for the detective a hostile environment prior to the incident. The couple, Cunningham said, had argued and the husband had grabbed his wife, shoved her to the floor and came behind her and wrapped his arms around her, as if he was trying to choke her.
The husband released his grip when Rosangela Spradling called for their two children to come downstairs, Cunningham said.
Deputies were called to the home about 9 p.m. May 17 after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots coming from the residence.
At the time of the shooting, Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, said deputies had responded to the couple's home "continuously since 2003 for issues of domestic assault and issues with neighbors."
In 2012 alone, deputies were called to the home at least three or four times, Mills said.