Wife acquitted in husband’s murder returns to teaching

Wife acquitted in husband's murder returns to teaching (Image 1)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A Maury County teacher acquitted last month in the fatal shooting of her husband is back in the classroom after having her license reinstated last week.

Shawn Armstrong was acquitted in early July for the February 2010 death of her estranged husband, 42-year-old Maury Armstrong.

Her teaching license was reinstated last week and she's now teaching at an alternative school in Maury County, according to her attorney, John Colley.

Colley told Nashville's News 2 while it's not the “ideal teaching job,” his client is glad to be back in the classroom and able to see her three children again.

“Getting back to work was important to her but not like being with her kids,” he said, adding, “Overall the not guilty verdict, getting her job back, getting to see her children again, has made a tremendous difference to her.”

Colley said Armstrong has no history of violence and called her “very fortunate to have gotten the result she did.”

Armstrong was initially charged with second-degree murder for the February 21, 2010 shooting death.

The charges were later downgraded to voluntary manslaughter.  She faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities believe the Armstrongs got into a heated argument during which Shawn Armstrong was shoved to the ground by her husband.  At the time of the shooting, the Armstrongs were embroiled in a bitter divorce.

Prior to her arrest, Armstrong had taught first-grade for three years at Riverside Elementary School in Columbia.

After the incident she was placed on suspension without pay.

Armstrong declined News 2's request for an interview.  Colley said she just wants to get back to her kids and her job.

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