- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with killing his wife says he didn’t mean to shoot her.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Sm16TV ) that 21-year-old Skylar Nemetz testified Thursday that the 2014 incident was an accident.

Nemetz has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the Oct. 16 death of his wife, Tarrah “Danielle” Nemetz. The 19-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head as she sat at a computer in the couple’s Lakewood, Washington, apartment.

Prosecutors allege that Nemetz shot his wife because he was upset that another man bought her liquor while he was away on a training operation. Nemetz and his attorney say the AR-15 rifle went off while he was clearing the chamber.

The defense rested in the trial Thursday. Prosecutors are expected to begin their rebuttal Feb. 22.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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