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Trooper Behind Bars After Being Charged With Attempted Murder In Wife's Shooting

Posted July 8, 2003 5:41 a.m. EDT

— A state Highway Patrol trooper was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting of his estranged wife last month.

Trooper Bobby Earl Regan, 39, who was arrested Monday, was placed on $1 million bond. A judge decided to not reduce Regan's bond after hearing from the district attorney. The district attorney said he argued in court that Regan's bond is set at $5 million.

Jennifer Regan, Regan's sister, and an unidentified female walked into the Person County Jail Tuesday in hopes of posting the bond for Regan's release. Regan has been staying in isolation at the Person County Jail. He had been suspended with pay since the shooting June 12.

The Highway Patrol is also conducting an internal investigation of Regan, said Renee Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

Regan joined the patrol in October 1988.

"I don't recall anything like this," Hoffman said. "I would characterize this as an extremely rare incident. I think most citizens know that the Highway Patrol is a very professional law enforcement organization."

Regan's arrest resulted from a joint investigation by his staff and the State Bureau of Investigation, said Roxboro Police Chief Terry Hill. Hill declined to provide additional details.

Bobby Regan's attorney had previously said that his client was not involved with the shooting.

Linda Strickland Lee, 56, was charged June 18 with attempted murder in the shooting of 37-year-old Daneille Turner Regan. She posted bond Tuesday and was released from jail. Authorities say Lee and Bobby Regan lived together at one time.

Police accused Lee of shooting Daneille Regan in the chest. The bullet was fired just after 2 a.m. through a bathroom window and struck Regan as she was drying off after a shower.

"[I] heard a noise, felt a burning in my chest. It took awhile before I realized I must've been shot," she said.

Daneille Regan was discharged from Duke University Hospital after a few days. She is currently living with her brother. She obtained a domestic violence protective order against her husband in May, but she voluntarily dismissed the order May 21 during a court hearing, Hill said.