Woman Survives Being Shot in the Head

By WTAJ News , Leah Kirstein

Published 01/29 2014 11:26AM

Updated 01/29 2014 07:15PM

CLEARFIELD, CLEARFIELD COUNTY – A 69-year-old woman was in court Wednesday to face charges from the December 2012 shooting of her home-care nurse.

According to court documents, Marlene Kenjora of West Decatur, Clearfield County got into an argument with her nurse over medication and shot Erin Schaeffer in the left side of the head with a .22-caliber revolver. Schaeffer was able to drive herself to a neighbor's house where they called 911 and the homeowner, who was a nurse, bandaged her head. Schaeffer was taken to the Altoona Hospital (now, UPMC Altoona) where she underwent surgery to have the bullet removed.

Kenjora is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses. The charges were delayed more than a year, allegedly because of the suspect’s mental stability.

Kenjora has been in a mental institution since the shooting. She was only released and placed in the Clearfield County Jail about a week ago when therapists decided she was competent enough to stand trial.

In her preliminary hearing, the victim, Erin Schaeffer testified saying December 6 when she went to Kenjora's to refill her medicines, Kenjora did not appear to be herself. She says she was yelling at her and so, she called the crisis line and while on the phone says she heard a bit of a bang, felt her head and brought her hand down to see the blood. She says she saw Kenjora with the gun.

The story is hard for her to tell and emotional. After her testimony, West Decatur Police Chief Tim O'Leary also testified saying he responded to the scene and as they were taking Kenjora away he says she was saying she was sorry and she shot Schaeffer because she snapped.

Kenjora did enter a not guilty plea.

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