Prosecutors say 42-year-old Richard Reynolds shot and killed his wife, 37-year-old Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds, in January 2007. The day after he was served with divorce papers.
In a surprise move, the defense didn’t argue whether or not Richard Reynolds was responsible for the death of Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds.
Rather, attorney Peter Barnett told the judge that Reynolds went to where is wife was staying with a 40-caliber Smith &: Wesson handgun to commit suicide in front of her, not to kill her.
Barnett claims that Reynolds accidentally fired the gun when the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 6, startled him.
Barnett told the judge, ":Thinking back to that incident. He didn’t know if maybe Rhonda tried to grab the gun when his attention was directed away from her, or if he tensed up or flinched and squeezed the trigger by accident.":
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea is prosecuting the case.
Zainea stressed how Richard was telling people how his wife would get what she deserved, and that he would do anything he could to keep his wife from gaining custody of their two children.
Wednesday, testimony will continue at 8:30. The venue has changed to district court in Skowhegan.