Friday, July 6 -- “After a thorough review of the facts in the case of April Moylan and her husband Michael, and after extensive consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has arrested April Moylan for the attempted first-degree murder on June 25 of her husband,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara this afternoon.
April Moylan, 39, is being held at the St. Lucie County jail under $575,000 bond: $500,000 for attempted first-degree murder, and $75,000 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
She had been released from jail following her arrest June 26 for the firearms charge after posting bail through a bail bondsman, Sheriff Mascara said, but the bondsman refused to continue to post her bond after her Thursday night attempted-murder arrest.
The incident took place at the couple’s 7219 Mystic Way home in PGA Village, a gated community in unincorporated St. Lucie County west of I-95, the Sheriff said. The couple at first claimed they had no idea why Michael Moylan had a severe headache and was bleeding from the head when they appeared at 5:30 a.m. on June 26 at the emergency room of St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie.
Medical staff members determined promptly that he had been shot. April Moylan immediately drove home and was intercepted at the door of her home by St. Lucie County deputies alerted by a Port St. Lucie police officer on duty at the emergency room. In interviews that day, the couple gave conflicting stories before claiming the shooting was accidental.
They said April Moylan pulled a cocked and loaded .32-caliber revolver from beneath her pillow after the couple claimed the alarm clock sounded, said Sheriff Mascara. The couple said they kept the pistol for undisclosed security reasons. They also said they did not report the shooting to law enforcement because both Moylans are convicted felons.
Detectives arrested April Moylan June 26 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and she posted $75,000 bond through a bondsman. Michael Moylan was transported to the trauma unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, and subsequently released.
The couple quarreled Monday, and deputies were called to the Mystic Way home. Sheriff Mascara said there was no arrest at that time because both husband and wife said there was nothing wrong, and there was no violence.
“After a subsequent interview with Michael Moylan, we were able to establish enough facts to request that Circuit Court Judge Gary L. Sweet issue an order to arrest April Moylan for attempted first-degree murder, and the judge issued that order in the form of an arrest warrant,” said Sheriff Mascara. “There are several aspects of this case that remain under investigation,” Sheriff Mascara said. “For that reason, investigators in the case have asked that we make no additional statements.”