msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 9/6/2006 4:42:06 PM ET 2006-09-06T20:42:06

An Oregon woman was arraigned Tuesday, accused of shooting her husband after he shot her pet chicken.

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The Eugene Register-Guard reported that Mary Kay Gray, 58, was jailed Monday on felony assault charges.

Her husband, Stanley Gray, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The chicken died at the scene.

Lane County sheriff's Sgt. Clint Riley said the couple had been working around their yard and drinking on Labor Day. They got into an argument after Stanley Gray shot the chicken with a .44-caliber handgun.

Police don't know if the shooting was intentional or an accident. "It depends on who you ask," Riley said.

But sheriff's deputies said Gray shot her husband with a .22-caliber rifle in an apparent act of retaliation.

"It looked like `CSI,'" said neighbor Cheyenne Dickenson, who arrived home Monday night to find police cars parked at the end of the driveway she shares with the Grays the Register-Guard reported. "There were dead chickens lying all over the place."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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