Preston Vaughn, 57, appeared before Calhoun County Circuit Judge Malcolm Street at 9 a.m. and pleaded not guilty to the murder charge by reason of mental disease.
His wife, Geri Vaughn, 56, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on May 19.
It was Preston Vaughn himself who called Anniston police to the Moore Avenue home that he shared with his wife. When police responded, they found Geri Vaughn already dead.
Preston Vaughn’s attorney asked the judge to order a mental evaluation for his client during the Thursday arraignment.
The suspect remains in custody at Calhoun County Jail.
Star staff writer Cameron Steele: 256-235-3562.