Shooting victim wants suspect boyfriend back home



Posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:57 AM

SPOKANE -- A Spokane County judge set a hefty bail for a man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the face, but the girlfriend and the suspect’s mother say they want him back home.

Josh Graham is in jail on a $750,000 bond.

During a court appearance Tuesday, Graham’s mother, Donna Hilliard, pleaded with a judge to release her son without bail.

The 30-year-old’s one-week run from the law came to an end Monday when a Spokane SWAT team arrested him from a home in northwest Spokane.

According to court documents, Graham’s girlfriend accused him of threatening her by pointing a handgun to her head. The two were staying at Graham’s home at the time.

Charging documents said the gun fired and the victim was shot through the nose.

Authorities said Graham helped his girlfriend outside and into the back of a vehicle that was passing by, but he did not go with her to the hospital.

Hilliard said the victim is doing well after spending three days in treatment.

The suspect was recently released from prison after spending five years locked up on theft and burglary charges. As a convicted felon, Graham is not allowed to have a firearm.

Hilliard said the victim told her the whole thing was an accident.

A witness advocate read a letter in court from the victim, asking that her boyfriend not have to stay in jail.

“She wants him home,” Hilliard said. “She’s not afraid of him.”