Since Monday afternoon, the Fremont County Attorney's Office has been presenting its case to a local jury, arguing that Terry Schmuck premeditatedly tried to kill his estranged wife with a hatchet back in May 2015. Schmuck is charged with a single count of attempted first degree murder, which is punishable by up to life in prison. The case is being tried before a 12-person jury, along with a single alternate. There are seven men and six women. (Read opening statements here.)
The state brought forward the alleged victim, Cindy Schmuck, who testified
that she did indeed try to shoot Terry Schmuck after he broke into her
home, but that while she was pulling the trigger of the unloaded gun she
blacked out. Later, she said she woke covered in blood, with Terry refusing
to tell her what happened.
She told the court that yes, Terry did take her to the hospital, but that
she still feared for her life. She said she told her children to call 911
as soon as they hit the road so that if something happened, the deputies
would know where to look.
The state also presented witnesses to testify to the validity of blood and
The state rested its case Wednesday afternoon, with the defense beginning
at about 3:30 p.m. The team's first witness was James Waterson, who was a
character witness meant to testify to the nature of both Terry and Cindy.
He said that in the weeks leading up to the alleged attempted murder, Terry
was not extremely angry nor did he make any threats toward anyone.