LIBERTY, W.Va. — A Putnam County man will be arraigned in the murder of his wife once he’s released from the hospital.

Newton Blevins, 68, of Liberty, is being treated at CAMC General in Charleston for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Blevins tried to kill himself after shooting and killing his wife, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said.

“It’s a domestic situation, a verbal that started late Friday evening,” Deweese said.

According to investigators, the verbal continued through the day Saturday. Blevins shot his wife Kimberly Ann Blevins, 47, Sunday morning, Deweese said.

“The victim was basically laying on the couch. The suspect came in and shot her. He went to the bedroom and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest,” Deweese said.

The victim’s 29 year old son called 911 to report the shooting around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

“It’s not the first time they’ve had a domestic dispute,” said Deweee. “Based on witnesses and statements it was quite frequent they did argue and converse back and forth.”

He said this is the first time any shots had been reported.

Deweese has a deputy posted at the hospital.