Colesburg Man Charged With Attempted Murder

By Christy Aumer, Reporter


By Kara Kelly

COLESBURG, Iowa - A Clayton County man told authorities he had an "overwhelming feeling" just before he allegedly shot his wife in the head after an argument at their home Sunday, according to court documents.

Adam J. Every-Harbaugh, 29, of Colesburg, remains in jail on charges of attempted murder and operating while intoxicated or drugged, after he transported his wife to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital for a gunshot wound Sunday, officials said.

According to an affidavit filed in Clayton County District Court, Every-Harbaugh allegedly attempted to kill his 29-year-old wife, Jessica L. Harbaugh, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, by shooting her in the head with a shotgun loaded with a pellet-style shotgun round. A witness to the crime told authorities the couple was arguing outside their home located at 37284 Graham Road in rural Colesburg, before the shooting. The witness heard a distinct sound of a gun being fired and discovered Jessica "lying on the ground injured, gasping for air and yelling for help," according to court documents.

Jessica was then transported to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital by her husband, where she reportedly told authorities her last memory was of her husband pointing a gun at her. She was later airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Cedar Rapids. No information about her condition has been released.

According to court documents, Every-Harbaugh told authorities he was "working on his tractor, had an overwhelming feeling, and the next thing he knew, he was picking up his wife on the lawn from a gunshot wound," and took her to the hospital. Officials noted that Every-Harbaugh seemed "very fidgity, and could not sit still," making constant and erratic movements.

Officials believed Every-Harbaugh may have been under the influence of a controlled substance, because his eyes were reportedly bloodshot and watery and his pupils were dilated. A preliminary breath test at the Clayton County Jail shortly after 3 a.m. indicated no alcohol in his system, but he refused to give a urine sample.

Every-Harbaugh remained at Clayton County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bond.
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