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A good deed leads to shooting

A man who was shot Wednesday at his home said the alleged shooter was a down-and-out friend he'd been trying to help, but the visit took a violent turn after the guest disrobed in front of the man's partner.

The house guest, Charles Bradford Curtis, 53, is accused of shooting Dan Daly, 58, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at Daly's east Medford home on Eagle Trace Drive.

"He intended to kill me," Daly said.

Daly described the ordeal as a "hell of a day," with fallout that will long affect him and his partner, a woman prosecutors described as Daly's girlfriend of more than 30 years but whom Daly referred to as his wife.

Curtis' visit from Albuquerque, New Mexico, began to unravel Wednesday night after Curtis disrobed in front of Daly's wife during a soak in the hot tub. Daly said Curtis' behavior shocked his wife and upset him. His wife wore clothes in the spa and did not welcome Curtis' nudity, Daly said.

"I blew my cork," Daly said.

Daly then "confronted him physically" and told him he needed to leave, Daly said. Following the physical fight, Daly said, he went inside to talk to his wife for several minutes before heading back to talk to Curtis by the spa.

"That's when he shot me," Daly said. 

The round struck him in the left side of his chest, Daly said, shattering a bone in his arm near his shoulder. The wound didn't require surgery, though Daly said he's in considerable pain. Prosecutors said the .38-caliber round passed completely through Daly's chest.

Daly said Curtis, who is in the Jackson County Jail on attempted murder and assault charges, was an old friend of his wife with whom she'd recently reconnected on Facebook. He said Curtis was a friend in need of a hand-up and had been helping around the house performing chores such as yard work.

"We've been trying to help him out," Daly said. "It's very emotional. It's been unbelievable."

Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack ordered Curtis lodged without bail and set his next court appearance for May 11.

 — Reach reporter Nick Morgan 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Charles Bradford Curtis