Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Zephyrhills woman accused of shooting husband cited years of abuse

ZEPHYRHILLS — Early Sunday morning, after deputies rushed through the dark to her mobile home, where her husband lay bleeding, Diana Louise Mathews surrendered. She told them how she had already called and confessed everything to her ex-husband. How years of abuse had made her go for the gun in the first place.

A heated argument had begun about 2 a.m. and led to a physical fight between Mathews and her husband, George Reavis, a Pasco County sheriff's report says. She burst out of the home at 33502 Arthur Drive to get away, but Reavis followed.

Mathews retreated to her car. She grabbed a .38-caliber Colt pistol and loaded a clip. Mathews tried to run back inside, she told deputies, but Reavis grabbed her by the hair.

"That's when I turned around and shot him," she said, according to the report.

She said she didn't know how many times she had squeezed the trigger. She left Reavis with "multiple gunshot wounds (to) his torso and lower groin region," the report says.

Mathews told deputies she went inside, where she was going to shoot herself, but couldn't reload the gun.

She left the gun in the bathroom and called her ex-husband. Reports do not list his name. Reavis, 47, was taken to a hospital in "very critical condition," according to the report.

Deputies arrested Mathews, 42, on a charge of attempted murder. She remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Records show that Mathews has been arrested three times in Pasco County in connection with cases of aggravated assault, fraud and domestic battery. Charges were dropped in all cases except one of fraud.

She is listed as a licensed massage therapist in Tampa.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Zephyrhills woman accused of shooting husband cited years of abuse 06/17/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Forecast: Warmer temperatures across Tampa Bay, but a big cool-down is coming


    Tampa Bay residents will wake up to temperatures in the low 70s Thursday morning, with a bit more heat creeping in by the afternoon.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  2. SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs across company, including in Orlando


    ORLANDO — SeaWorld, which has struggled with declining attendance, announced Wednesday it is cutting 350 positions.

    Kalia, a 12-year-old orca whale, during rehearsals for the upcoming Orca Encounter at SeaWorld San Diego, on May 18, 2017. [Howard Lipin | San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. Clearwater police fatally shoot suicidal man after threat at hotel

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Police fatally shot a armed suicidal man who threatened officers at a hotel early Thursday morning.

  4. White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida tonight and the school is on high alert for tensions. [Associated Press]
  5. Bowen: Park land deal raises Penny for Pasco questions


    The Penny for Pasco is unambiguous.

    At least it is supposed to be.

    There was no equivocating in 2004 when Penny for Pasco supporters detailed how the sales tax proceeds would be spent: schools, transportation, public safety and environmental lands. No money for parks. No money for recreation.

    Pasco County is considering a loan from its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Mangement Program to buy land for a park in the Villages of Pasadena Hills in east-central Pasco. Shown here is the Jumping Gully Preserve in Spring Hil, acquired by ELAMP in 2009 and 2011.
[Douglas R. Clifford, Times]