A Minnesota man shot his wife in the head after she “laughed off” an unfounded claim that their teenage daughter was pregnant, court documents show.
Johnny Ray Aldridge, 46, of St. Paul, called cops early Tuesday to report he had shot his wife, Caitlin Aldridge, 41, following an argument about their 13-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Post.
Aldridge said his wife had told him their daughter was pregnant and believed the woman had been “prostituting” the teen, leading to an argument.
“They tussled on the bed,” court documents state. “[Caitlin] laughed off his daughter being pregnant. [Her] response angered Aldridge so much he shot her once in the back of the head with the gun he kept beneath his pillow.”
Aldridge, who drove to the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center to report the slaying, told officers the gun he used to kill his wife was in his Chevrolet Tahoe, court documents show.
Responding cops found Aldridge’s wife face-down in an upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. Asked later why he gunned down his wife, Aldridge replied: “Because my daughter is pregnant and she had grown men coming doing crazy shit to my daughter,” court documents state.
The couple’s daughter, meanwhile, told cops they had been married for about 10 years and said Johnny Aldridge “wasn’t himself” after being shot in the hand in June. He had carried a gun because he was scared, she said.
Johnny Aldridge said Caitlin Aldridge had told him their daughter was pregnant and believed his wife had been “prostituting” the teen.Saint Paul Police Department
“The girl said Aldridge gets mad and it was hard on [Caitlin],” court documents read. “Aldridge and [Caitlin] have been fighting over small stuff for the past few days.”
Johnny Aldridge had requested that his daughter have a rape kit conducted on her since he believed she was pregnant after being sexually assaulted. But his daughter denied that claim, saying she thought Aldridge believed that since she had severe menstrual cramps the previous weekend.
A pregnancy test later came back negative and the teen repeatedly denied being sexually assaulted, court documents show.
“Johnny Aldridge was saying that his daughter was either raped or had become pregnant,” St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders told The Post.
Caitlin Aldridge was the teen’s biological mother, Linders said. There’s no evidence showing that her father’s beliefs were true and she repeatedly denied being raped, he said.
Aldridge, who was charged with second-degree murder, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. He’s being held on $1 million bond ahead of his initial court appearance set for Thursday, KSTP reported.