COLLIER COUNTY — With his jaw still wired shut from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face, Jeffery Moretz, who is accused of killing his wife at Physician’s Regional Medical Center, was wheeled into court on Monday.
The 54-year-old is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife, Christine Moretz, 53, when she was at the hospital visiting a friend in July.
Lee Hollander, Moretz’ attorney, said Moretz attempted to shoot himself, but tilted his chin too far upwards causing him to break his chin instead. Hollander said Moretz is undergoing incremental surgeries to repair his jaw. Hollander also said Moretz recently had a tracheotomy, a surgical incision that opens up the windpipe. He is still recovering in the medical unit in the Collier County jail.
Moretz will return to court on Nov. 21 for a case management status hearing at 1:30 p.m. with Collier Circuit Judge Frederick Hardt.
Hollander said the November date will allow for enough time to examine the discovery recently released by the State Attorney’s Office.