Woman Accused of Murdering Boyfriend Released from Marion County Jail on Bail

Woman Accused of Murdering Boyfriend Released from Marion County Jail on Bail

SALEM (WRXX) – Accused murderer Christina Bartley was released Tuesday from the Marion County Jail after posting $25,000 cash bail.

Bartley stands accused of the April 2021 shooting death of her 31-year-old boyfriend in the Miles Lane home they shared in Salem.

The 29-year-old Bartley was arrested last month after a Marion County grand jury handed down an indictment accusing her of shooting Wesley Bivens to death. A warrant was subsequently issued for her arrest with bond set at $1 million. Judge Mark Stedelin reduced the bond the following week to $250,000 and she was released Tuesday after posting bail on the lesser amount.

Bartley is next due in court November 16 for a pre-trial hearing in the case. While she is free on bond she’s prohibited from having any contact with the victim’s family, their homes or their places of employment.

Bartley reportedly called 911 around 6:30 p.m. the evening of Thursday, April 15, 2021, to report her boyfriend was coming at her, and trying to hit her so she shot him.

She informed dispatch she would be waiting outside the Miles Lane home and had left the gun inside the house she and her boyfriend shared but was owned by her.

Upon arrival, deputies confirmed a black handgun was sitting on the “snack bar” counter in the kitchen of the home and Bivens was in the hallway of the home, deceased and on his back.

A bullet casing was found next to the victim on his right side and another casing was found on the bed, which was also to his right. The deputy noted a large amount of blood was behind the victim’s head and his arms were covering his chest.

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