Trial starting for ex-Air Force major accused of trying to kill his wife and her dad in Broward

Hours before retired U.S. Air Force Major Thomas Maffei shot and seriously injured his estranged wife and her father in Coral Springs, he went to a Veterans Administration crisis clinic in Palm Beach County and told staff he was under extreme stress.

When Maffei goes on trial Monday in Broward Circuit Court on attempted murder and other charges, he won’t dispute that he fired three shots through his then-wife’s apartment door as she and her father leaned against it, trying to keep him out.

Some of those hollow-point bullets struck Katherine Ranta Maffei and her father, Robert Ranta, before Maffei forced his way inside and shot both victims again on November 2, 2012, prosecutors say.

Maffei, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq before he was diagnosed with severe back pain, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will present an “intoxication defense” at trial, his lawyer Fred Haddad said.

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