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Huddleston Takes the Stand in Day 5

HuddlestonMEDFORD, Ore.– The fate of a man accused of killing his wife is now in the hands of the jury.

It comes on the same day Bourne Huddleston took the stand to defend himself in his murder trial. Huddleston stuck to the story he’s been presenting in court; that his wife killed herself in March 2012.

The prosecution questioned the many versions of the story Huddleston has told. He took the stand first thing this morning, and claimed Kristy Huddleston shot herself, because she was upset over a relationship Bourne was in with another woman. Bourne claims he worried someone would blame him for Kristy’s death, so he tried to clean up the scene and got rid of the gun. He called himself a coward for leaving his son alone in the house with Kristy’s body.

The state medical examiner said the fatal wound was the result of a homicide, and prosecutor David Hoppe challenged Huddleston’s version of the events. He pointed out that Huddleston has changed his story repeatedly during the investigation, and that he initially told police he didn’t know what happened.

He said Huddleston’s story conveniently changed whenever he was presented with new evidence.

“You give a statement you admit is complete lies. Then [the investigator] talked to you again, after you drink your water, which you need, and you give a whole different story. And now I’m talking to you and it’s changing. Does it matter who asks the questions, if the truth is relative? Is that the fact?”

Both sides gave closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, with the prosecution laying out the inconsistencies in Huddleston’s story, and the defense arguing that not enough was done by investigators to see if the death was a suicide. The case was handed over to the jury at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a brief meeting with Judge Lorenzo Mejia, the jury said they will begin deliberations Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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  1. wiggles says:

    Typos. I thought that Sharon wrote this.

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