EL CAJON, Calif. - An 82-year-old La Mesa man accused of shooting his wife of 54 years after she served him with divorce papers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.
There were mixed reviews about 82-year-old Clyde Hayen in his neighborhood. Some people thought he was a nice guy. Others considered him the bully on the block.
On Tuesday, he was arraigned at the San Diego County Courthouse in El Cajon.
There are two images burned into the neighbors' minds from last Thursday night when a SWAT team was called to Princeton Avenue in La Mesa. One is Sandra Hayen grimacing as paramedics gave her medical aid, and the other is of her husband Clyde surrendering to police.
Video shows him shuffling down the driveway with his hands on his head as a police helicopter circled overhead, ending the standoff that began earlier that evening with her call to 911.
She reported handing her husband of 54 years divorce papers and said he angrily responded by shooting her in the hand and in the abdomen.
Neither wound was considered life-threatening but she was rushed to a hospital for surgery.
Clyde Hayen was arrested and charged with two felony counts.
Judge Charles Ervin accepted a not guilty plea from Clyde Hayen's public defender. Bail was set at $500,000.
If convicted, Hayen could face up to 24 years in prison.
A readiness was scheduled for July 5 and a preliminary hearing for July 9.