first-degree assault for the July 11 incident where he allegedly threatened his wife while pointing a pistol at her, charging documents state.
At the Aug. 23 circuit court trial, Mischo’s wife of 14 months took the witness stand teary-eyed and was sworn under oath to tell the truth. She invoked her spousal privilege not to testify against her husband.
Deputy State’s Attorney Jennifer Morton explained to the victim that this privilege can only be invoked once and if she is the victim of another alleged assault by her spouse, she can’t elect not to testify. Morton also explained to the victim that if she used this privilege, her husband would be found not guilty due to lack of sufficient evidence.
Dfc. Locke of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 1000 block of Mary Circle in Huntingtown for the report of a domestic incident around 6:08 p.m. July 11. The complainant, Mischo’s wife, informed the Calvert County Control Center that Mischo allegedly put a gun to her head, that he was bipolar and that he is a Prince George’s County police officer, according to previous reports. Mischo’s wife alleged he said he was going to kill her as he held the gun to her head. The victim told the control center she left the home and Mischo was probably still inside. After making that statement, the victim then said her husband found her on the road and operators heard screaming.
As Locke turned onto Mary Circle, he observed a red sports car on an adjacent street. After pulling up to the residence, the sports car pulled up behind Locke, at which time Mischo said he was a Prince George’s County police officer and he was not armed. Mischo was detained and no weapons were located on his person or in his vehicle. The victim was then located by Detective Rector to be questioned by Locke.
The victim told Locke she had a great day shopping and having lunch with Mischo until they returned home and he became upset about the pool being dirty, previous reports detail. The victim said she then called the pool company and was on the phone with them when Mischo allegedly began yelling for her to get off the phone.
After she got off the phone, the victim alleges Mischo picked his gun belt off the floor, took out his gun and pointed it at her, saying she ruined his life and he was going to kill her. She said she then ran out of the house scared. The victim provided a written statement regarding the incident and completed a domestic violence case summary and domestic violence lethality screening.
When questioned by Locke, Mischo also said he had a great day shopping with his wife and having lunch, the reports state. He said he got upset when they returned home after observing the pool was dirty and the two began arguing. Mischo said he then became angry that she was on the phone, explaining that she then walked out of the house. Mischo said he locked all of the doors and she couldn’t get back in because he locked the main door lock. He then told her to leave him alone.
After 10 minutes without seeing his wife in the front yard, Mischo said he decided to go looking for her. He located her a short distance from the home, at which time he said she began screaming. Mischo said he then pulled off the roadway and went home after seeing deputies riding through the neighborhood because “he knew that she had called police on him.” Mischo said he didn’t pick up his duty belt or remove his firearm from its holster.
Sgt. K. Bodenhorn of the Prince George’s County Police’s Internal Affairs Division later arrived on scene to speak with Mischo and his wife about the incident. Bodenhorn took Mischo’s agency-issued service pistol.
Due to the allegations made by his wife, Mischo was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center to appear in front of a district court commissioner. He posted a $25,000 bail the following day.
Once Mischo’s wife confirmed she wanted to use her spousal privilege at the Aug. 23 hearing, the case was subsequently dismissed and Circuit Judge Majorie L. Clagett found Mischo not guilty of the assault charge.