A Collier judge set bond at $100,000 Friday for an East Naples woman accused of shooting and killing her husband in East Naples.
Hope Johns, 68, who faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Jack Johns, 72, will return to her part-time home in Michigan if she posts bond. Johns’ family supported bringing her back to the Lansing, Mich., area, where three of her children live, according to her lawyers and testimony from her son.
Collier sheriff’s investigators said Johns fatally shot her husband of 48 years Monday night in the chest at their Glen Eagle home, where three bullet holes and signs of a struggle were found. Friends and neighbors described Hope Johns as a devoted caregiver of her husband, who suffered from complications of diabetes for at least a decade. But in a phone call to law enforcement officials, Hope Johns’ son-in-law described her as an alcoholic suffering from recent delusions and paranoia.
Prosecutors requested a $1 million bond, while Hope Johns’ lawyers asked for $50,000.
Hope Johns watched the court proceedings via video teleconference, never speaking or showing emotion. Her lawyers said a family support system is in place to provide round-the-clock supervision in Michigan. Her only son briefly spoke during the hearing, assuring Collier County Judge Vince Murphy that she would be monitored by her children.
Shannon McFee, a lawyer for Hope Johns, didn’t challenge whether law enforcement had probable cause for the arrest, but he said there are “certainly going to be defenses ... that can easily be raised.”
“There is no telling at this point what happened,” McFee said.
Prosecutors requested $1 million bond for Hope Johns, noting the severity of the allegations and concerns about her mental state raised in the phone call from her son-in-law. Assistant state attorney James Stewart said Johns faces a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted, essentially a life sentence for a woman her age.
“That inherently makes somebody a flight risk,” Stewart said.
Investigators said Hope Johns has no family ties to the region. She and her husband have split time between Michigan and Southwest Florida for 18 years.
As part of her bond release, Hope Johns isn’t allowed to consume alcohol or possess a firearm. Murphy decided not to impose a GPS or alcohol monitor.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, Johns was still listed in custody on the Sheriff’s Office web site.
A funeral for Jack Johns will be held Tuesday in the Lansing area, family friend Marie Rotunda said.
Staff writer Jessica Lipscomb contributed to this report.