PORTLAND, Maine — A judge again denied bail Tuesday morning for the Windham man accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife.

Judge Michaela Murphy says there is sufficient evidence that Noah Gaston knew it was his wife, Alicia, when he fired the shotgun the morning of Jan. 14, because she was only 4 to 6 feet away from him.

She also says there is substantial risk to the community due to what she calls his reckless use of a firearm.

Gaston has told police he believed his wife was an intruder, but police say his story has changed multiple times since the shooting. His defense attorney argued the evidence of murder in this case is “very thin.”

The prosecutor says “this is a significant charge with significant facts,” and told the court there is probable cause Gaston intentionally shot his wife.

Gaston was ordered not to have any contact with his three children, who are potential witnesses in the case. They remain in DHHS custody.