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Affidavit: Missing woman shot in the head

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - An affidavit released Monday says a Bartlett man admitted to officers he shot his wife in the head.

Thomas Pate originally claimed his wife, Micah Pate, went missing after going for a walk at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. After she was reported missing, Bartlett officers arrived at Pate's house to find he had already enlisted people to help him search for his wife.

The affidavit says Pate eventually admitted he shot his wife and then threw the gun into the Loosahatchie River. Pate then led officers to the location of his wife's body, at the Loosahatchie River east of Brunswick Road.

Investigators said Micah wasn't wearing shoes, but bottom of her socks were completely clean.  Police police found her boots back at the Pate's Foxfield trail home.

According to the affidavit, after the shooting, Pate failed to get medical help for his wife, or call police.  The affidavit makes no mention of a motive.

Pate appeared in a Bartlett courtroom early Monday morning, where he waived a preliminary hearing on a Not Guilty plea.

Pate was released on $250,000 bond.

Pate was represented in court Monday by attorney Leslie Ballin, said Monday afternoon the whole thing was one big accident.

"We believe the appropriate charge is something other than murder-two, if anything at all," Ballin said. "This is strictly an accident."

Tonight, family and friends are holding visitation services for Micah Pate.  Action News 5's Janice Broach is in Searcy, and will bring you that story tonight on Action News 5 at 10pm.

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