An East Naples woman accused of fatally shooting her husband Monday is a paranoid alcoholic who kept a gun under her mattress, according to a family member who called 911 the night of the killing.
The description made by a Michigan relative of Hope and Jack Johns stands in stark contrast to that of neighbors who described her as an “angel” and a “tremendous caregiver” for her ailing husband.
The caller told dispatchers that Hope Johns, 68, “sounds very delusional,” according to 911 recordings released by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.
“I have to tell you this, I’m concerned she might have just shot the man, so, I don’t know,” the caller said of Jack Johns, 72.
The caller’s wife, who was on the phone with Hope Johns, said Johns was threatening to kill herself. The caller’s wife could be heard in the background telling Hope Johns to put down a weapon and let deputies into the home.
The caller told dispatchers Hope Johns is “an alcoholic” and said she hides a gun in her pillow under the mattress.
“Some things have gone on in the past month that she can’t figure out what happened to her ...(she) feels like she’s being followed or watched. She’s a very paranoid person right now,” the caller said.
The nearly 17-minute phone call ended with deputies entering the couple’s home. Hope Johns was arrested at the scene and now faces a second-degree murder charge. She will remain in jail at least until Friday.
At a bond hearing Wednesday, Hope Johns’s legal team requested the hearing be moved to Friday so they can have more time to prepare and so the couple’s children, who live in Michigan, can make funeral arrangements for their father.
State prosecutors had no objection, saying they wanted Hope Johns to remain at the Naples Jail Center anyway. She is accused of shooting her longtime husband around 11 p.m. Monday at their Provincetown Drive home in the Glen Eagle community.
Hope Johns’s attorney, Andrew P. Abood, who described himself as a family friend, flew in from Michigan to attend Wednesday’s proceedings.
Friends and neighbors on Tuesday described Hope Johns as a gentle and patient woman. They said she was the primary caregiver for her ailing husband who was diabetic, wheelchair bound and facing the possible amputation of his foot.
However, recent Sheriff’s Office reports lend credence to the 911 caller’s claim that Hope Johns struggles with alcohol. Deputies received a call from her last month after she drank two martinis at her community’s bar and “didn’t remember anything until she woke up on the lady’s bathroom floor,” NBC-2 reported.
After her arrest, reports said Hope Johns declined to speak to authorities but asked several times for them to draw her blood to test for anything in her system.