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Millard County prosecutors said they plan to file charges as early as next week against a Delta woman accused of shooting and killing her husband.

A judge in Fillmore's 4th District Court set bail at $250,000 cash only based on a probable cause statement prosecutors filed. However, the Millard County Attorney's Office said it would ask that document to be sealed until they file formal charges.

As crime scene investigators went through Carole Sessions' home Monday, Millard County sheriff's deputies revealed she had called friends before calling 911 to report that she had shot and killed her husband.

"We received a call from a friend wanting to report a death," Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Monday. "Then we got the call from her."

Deputies said the woman, 46, admitted to shooting Martin Sessions, 49, about 11 p.m. Friday inside the couple's home. The next morning about 11 a.m., she called police. Dekker said that when deputies responded, she directed them outside the home to where she placed her husband's body.

He had been shot several times with a handgun, deputies said.

On Monday, detectives were trying to piece together what had happened. Carole Sessions told deputies that her husband abused her in the past.

"She told us she was in fear of her life and safety," Dekker said.

Millard County Sheriff's deputies did investigate a family fight between Carole and Martin Sessions in May 2005. According to a police report filed at the time, Carole Sessions called deputies and reported she'd been assaulted and her husband threatened her.

West Millard County Justice Court clerks told the Deseret Morning News that Martin Sessions had struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to simple assault, a class B misdemeanor. It was a plea in abeyance with all parties agreeing to dismiss the domestic violence enhancement. The case was ultimately dismissed in June 2006.

Martin Sessions had a criminal history in Salt Lake and Millard counties, having been charged with theft, credit card fraud and traffic offenses over the past few years. Many of those cases had been dismissed.

Carole Sessions was booked into the Millard County Jail for investigation of first-degree felony murder.

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