A Layton man charged with shooting his wife in the head in July pleaded not guilty to an aggravated assault charge Tuesday in 2nd District Court and is scheduled for trial Feb. 8.

Donald R. Allen, 31, of 388 E. 2625 North, is charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, in the July 23 shooting of his wife, Gwen, in their Layton home.Gwen Allen was shot in the right side of the head just above the ear, with a .44-caliber pistol, according to evidence presented at Allen's preliminary hearing in November in Layton 2nd Circuit Court.

Donald Allen was originally charged with attempted homicide, a second-degree felony, which was reduced at his preliminary hearing to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Gwen Allen suffered injuries to her skull and brain, according to medical testimony at the hearing, but survived the attack. She was cared for at the Allen's Layton home for a week until her condition worsened and the family took her to a local hospital.