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Schmuck says he was protecting himself in alleged hatchet attack

Schmuck says he was protecting himself in alleged hatchet attack

This morning, attempted murder suspect Terry Schmuck took the stand in his own defense. Schmuck is charged with the attempted first degree murder of his estranged wife. This morning in court, Schmuck recounted an event a couple weeks before the incident in question when he says his wife threatened to pull a gun on him during an argument. He said that during the argument in a parked vehicle, Cindy Schmuck reached for her purse where she was known to keep a firearm. He said he that he told her that if she pulled out the gun he'd kill her. At that point, he says he got out of the vehicle and walked away. Schmuck said the night of the hatchet incident he said that he didn't know why he picked up the hatchet on his way to to see Cindy. He said he was angry and just wanted to confront her about the divorce, of which she allegedly changed the terms earlier that day. He also admitted to cutting the phone lines, and said he did it so that she couldn't report his violating a protection order. He then demonstrated what happened for the jury. Using his attorney as a stand-in for Cindy, he showed how he was holding the hatchet in his right hand near its head and that when he entered the bedroom she was immediately to his right, pulling the trigger of a gun. He said instinctively he shoved the gun away with his left hand and arm, and punched her in the head with the hand holding the hatchet. He said he later moved the hatchet because he had never been in trouble and was afraid of what might happen to him legally, even though he had been defending himself. The trial began on Monday afternoon, and the case is expected to be turned over to the jury for deliberation later this afternoon. Read yesterday's update here . #county10 #news