Jensen man allegedly drenches wife with hose for smoking

JENSEN BEACH — A man was charged Saturday evening with domestic battery after he drenched his wife with a garden hose and attacked her, according to an affidavit released Monday.

The altercation began when the victim entered the couple’s residence in the 1400 block of Northeast Chardon Street, while smoking a cigarette.

The affidavit says the victim’s husband, John Jeffrey Murray, 51, began yelling at her about smoking in the house and sprayed her with the hose.

When the victim picked up the phone and began calling a friend, Murray believed she was trying to call police and began trying to grab the phone from her. According to the affidavit, he hit the victim in her mouth with his elbow during the struggle.

Despite the victim’s clothes being soaked with water, Murray told deputies he had been watering the grass and did not intend to spray her. The affidavit says he claimed the water was simply “over spray.”

Murray was taken to the Martin County Jail and released after posting bond.


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