Woman Charged With Trying To Kill Ex-Husband

A woman is accused of trying to kill her ex-husband after shooting her way into his Morehead City home.

Barbara Keen is facing multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, breaking and entering, and firing into an occupied dwelling.

Hules Keen and Glenda Lenk told officers that Sunday afternoon they were watching TV at the Atlantic Drive home when they heard a noise outside. Keen opened the side door and saw his ex-wife standing outside trying to get in and armed with a handgun. Keen managed to close and lock the door, but then police say his ex-wife shot through the door and broke inside.

Police say the man was able to wrestle the gun away from Barbara Keen and took it outside to unload it. That's when police say the ex-wife then assaulted Lenk. Keen returned and pulled his ex-wife off Lenk.

Police seized a .44 caliber handgun along with a .22 caliber handgun. The 55-year-old Beaufort woman is in jail without bond.


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  • by Brooksie on Aug 18, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    CRAZY...Especially some of the comments. What a world we live in!!
  • by letha on Aug 18, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    God bless you coolchange and thank you so much for saying that. Many people ask me how I could keep taking him back and fighting to keep him. . .and that was just it, I never gave up and never gave up hope that eventually it would be better. The last three years were wonderful, there was not a day he did'nt tell me how sorry he was for all he did. Our last family photo with him (six monthes before he died), and our 4 kids and our grandchildren was priceless. I look at it everyday and know that it was all worth it.
  • by coolchange Location: Kinston on Aug 17, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Letha, bless you for sticking by your vows, fighting for your family, and never giving up on the man you loved. I wish he would have seen sooner the love you have for him. Congrats on your 42 years together, though not all of them good, you made the best of it.
  • by arminius Location: New York on Aug 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Don't jump too far and too soon to unwarranted conclusions. This woman is mentally ill, and not evil. She's never had as much as a traffic ticket. There is a REASON that the ex husband took the gun outside and cleared it, instead of turning it around and emptying it into her. The whole thing is incredibly sad. I hope that she gets to serve her sentence in a hospital, where she should have been prior to the offense.
  • by letha on Aug 17, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    it is a hard thing to deal with. Like I said below, this sort of thing went on (off and on) most of our marriage. I was on the same said of the law as this poor lady. Sadly,I was also arrested on a few occasions but all of it was in the name of keeping my family intact by dealing with women who could not keep their hands off of my husband. Not that he was innocent but he knew what the consiquences would be should he mess around. I loved him dearly and I married him for better or worse. The better I always cherished but the worse I would rather forget.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 17, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    WOW this is one crazy woman to take a gun out on him. Also, if that man had been cheating on her or left her, then he is not smart to have done what he did. If you are getting ready to cheat on your spouse or just leave them for someone else, then anticipate hell coming to you in some form or fashion. If the person does that to you, then the person is a P O S to start with. I could never imagine doing such a thing to my wife. It terrifies me to think of that.
  • by letha on Aug 17, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    well, I read up on this story and I can tell you that I have lived this. I have been wedded to my husband for 42 years. Most of that time he has cheated up on me and I have had to fight to keep him which included fightin him and fighting off other women. Was it worth it you ask? I think so, I was determined to keep my family together. Things would be good for 6 months then he would take off, then I would get him back and a few months later he would do it again. He was gone one time for almost 2 years. I did manage to keep our family together and my kids a dad. The last three years of our marriage was great. I finally because the husband that I needed. I truely loved him with ALL my heart. I always did. We grew up together and we were always together. He died last year and I am so glad I fought for what was mine.
  • by Live,laugh,Love on Aug 17, 2010 at 02:30 AM
    Pete, No woman either!!!!! But my Children may be a different story here. I have learned out of 50 years, if you have to fight to keep a a man(woman)then they're not yours to begin with. But anyways, I'll just keep my husband, and when I go to town I will just have to chain him up to keep all these young preditors away from him. LOLOLOLOLOL
  • by Biff Location: havenot on Aug 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM
    oooooo snide comments? i'll remember that snide comments justify people shooting their way into homes
  • by Loving Life Location: enc on Aug 16, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    Twenty years younger is about what I'm in the market for. Why get a crazy old nag when ya can easily find a newer model that does not gripe and complain as much? Think I may just keep my cat for now and continue to shop around for a while longer. He never complains nor nags. Just wants a can of tuna now and then.
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