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Wendy Howard trial: Emotions of defendant key to determining mindset prior to shooting

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Wendy Howard, left, and her attorney Tony Lidgett listen as Deputy District Attorney Eric Smith presents the opening statement for the prosecution on Oct. 4 morning.

Wendy Howard survived a beating by a baseball bat while pregnant, strangulation and attempted rape by her ex-partner.

When it came time to protect herself and her family, Howard, 53, testified Monday that she shot Kelly Pitts in June 2019 after he threatened her, fearful of him because of what he had done to her. She has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in his death and took the stand in her defense during her trial Monday.

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