American kills Filipino wife, claims self-defense

By Ted Regencia, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 01 2010 12:46 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2010 10:38 PM

CADWELL, Idaho - A Filipino woman with family ties in Chicago was shot and killed Sunday evening in Caldwell, following a reported dispute with her estranged husband.

Caldwell is approximately 45 minutes west of Idaho’s state capitol of Boise.

Chris Allen Stone has been charged with second degree murder after allegedly shooting Florence Madriñan-Stone twice in the head, according to a statement by Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney John T. Bujak.

On Sunday evening, Sheriff deputies reportedly responded to a call about a shooting incident.

When police arrived, they saw Madriñan-Stone “slumped in the back of a mini-van in the driveway” of the residence.

Sheriff’s Captain Dana Maxfield described the death to Idaho news outlets as “a domestic situation that’s gone horribly wrong.”

Following his arrest, Stone reportedly gave conflicting information as to the circumstances leading to the shooting.

While being treated at a local hospital, investigators said Stone claimed “self defense”.  

He said the victim stabbed him first in the stomach. That’s when he pulled out his pistol and allegedly fired 2 shots into the back of her neck.

Later, when police pointed out discrepancies in his story, police said Stone changed his statement. Stone then told police that his wife told him that she only married him for a green card. He said the statement “set him off” and he pulled out his gun.

The prosecutor told reporters: “Self defense is something that a judge or a jury is going have to take a look at. Because we’re talking about bullets shot to the back of the head; it’s difficult for me to claim self defense on those facts.”

Stone has been charged with second degree murder. If convicted, he could face a mandatory minimum 25 years, up to life in the Idaho State Penitentiary, the Idaho Press Tribune said.

Stone is in police custody. His bond is set at $1 million.

According to a cousin and friend from Chicago, Madriñan-Stone had been living separately with her husband. They said the couple was in the middle of a divorce. They had been married for more than 10 years and have 2 children.

A native of Zamboanga del Norte, Madriñan-Stone finished her secondary education at the Saint Vincent’s High School in Dipolog City in 1994. Balitang America

(NOTE: Victim's photo culled from her Facebook Page. The reporter is a high school classmate of the victim)