Indictment accuses Edward Hopes of shooting ex-wife five times

Pennsylvania man charged with attempted murder
Posted at 11:48 AM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 11:55:14-04

CINCINNATI – A man accused of shooting his ex-wife five times outside her Harper’s Point apartment has been indicted for attempted murder, the prosecutor's office said Monday.

 If convicted, 60-year-old Edward Hopes could face 14 years in prison. “It is a miracle that this woman is alive today.  Hopes should never be on the streets again," Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement.

Hopes drove from Pennsylvania to shoot Kristi Lynn Stem on June 14, according to Deters. She was out for a walk about 1 p.m. in the parking lot near her apartment when Hopes approached her armed with two handguns and started shooting, Deters' office said. 

Stem identified Hopes as her shooter during a 911 call.

Listen to the call below:


Stem was shot in the cheek, jaw, hip, shoulder, arm and buttocks. Her injuries were not life-threatening injuries.

Hopes fled and was arrested a few hours later at a hotel in Hebron, Ky.

Police found three weapons in  Hopes’ truck: a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .22 caliber semi-automatic hand gun and a 9 mm hand gun. They also found GPS directions to Stem’s apartment.