Former soldier testifies in murder trial

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Fort Campbell soldier Jonathan Downing told jurors in Clarksville he was provoked when he killed his wife in 2009 by emptying a clip into her.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports Downing said Wednesday he was in the garage minding his own business on Sept. 8, 2009, when a drunk Sena Downing struck him. He said he blacked out and then picked up his pistol when he "registered the threat." He heard a pop but didn't realize he had killed his wife until later.

Medical examiner Thomas Deering testified that Sena Downing had multiple bruises on her body. And he said her gunshot wounds were consistent with her being in a sitting position when she was shot.

He also testified that she had alcohol and marijuana in her system.


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