Battle Ground woman pleads not guilty in shooting

Her boyfriend was shot in the face

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: October 5, 2011, 5:43 PM

 

A Battle Ground woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting her boyfriend in the face.

Michele R. Gramckow, 41, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree assault with a firearm. Trial was set for Nov. 21.

Gramckow was arrested the morning of Sept. 20 following the shooting at the couple’s home at 410 N.W. 10th Street in Battle Ground. The victim, Rick Stanfill, 52, was shot in the cheek; the bullet exited the back of his head, said Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena.

Stanfill waited an hour before he went to the hospital. After initially being taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Stanfill was transferred to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He was no longer listed as a patient there Wednesday morning.

Suspect’s story

According to court documents, Gramckow told investigators she was out drinking with Stanfill before the incident.

After the two returned to their home, she claimed Stanfill started hitting her in the face and side as she was lying in bed. That’s when Gramckow told investigators that she grabbed a .22-caliber revolver from a nightstand drawer and shot Stanfill, according to court documents.

Investigators said Gramckow didn’t have any visible physical marks on her face.

Gramckow and Stanfill have lived together for about a year, court records indicate.

Gramckow has no felony criminal history, said her attorney, Bob Vukanovich. She works as a certified nursing assistant at The Colonial House in Battle Ground.

Vukanovich on Wednesday asked the judge to lower the $200,000 bail; Clark County Judge Rich Melnick denied the request, based on the seriousness of the allegations. She remained in the Clark County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.