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John Bemis missing after ex wife shoots current husband

John Bemis

John Bemis was located and apprehended in Reno, Nev.,  six months after he went missing.  He had been driving and camping, to avoid police.  On February 15, 2015, a jury reached a not guilty verdict on all counts against John Edwin Bemis III, 39, after several hours of deliberations.  During his testimony, Bemis told the court he had no idea his ex-wife had any plans to kill her estranged husband.  Marie Majerle pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in 2013.  In 2015, she was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in jail.

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Police are still searching for the ex-husband of a woman that was arrested for shooting her current husband.

John Edward Bemis III, 37, of Cloquet, Minn. has not been seen since January 8, 2013 the day after his ex-wife, Marie Majerle of Cloquet, Minn. was arrested for attempted murder of her husband, Richard Majerle.

Marie who had filed for divorce from her husband in October and was living with Bemis, went to her former home where her current husband lived on January 6, and shot him with a semi-automatic rifle while he was in a sauna in the home.

The home was in foreclosure and scheduled to be sold on Tuesday, reports WDIO news.

Marie Majerle

“They have a conversation; he tells her to put the gun away; they call 911,” Fred Friedman, chief public defender of the Sixth Judicial District told the judge during her hearing this week. “They hang around. She doesn’t leave; she doesn’t shoot him again. To charge attempted murder is (excessive) when she had every opportunity to continue to shoot, to fire, to kill. She was the only person on the scene with a weapon.”

During the hearing Friedman brought up that Bemis was the one that filed the numbers off the gun that Marie used and a grinder, drill and metal shavings were found in Bemis’ basement.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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