By Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Norwalk man who says he accidentally shot his wife to death four years ago is on trial for murder and manslaughter.

A New London Superior Court jury began hearing evidence Wednesday in the trial of 50-year-old Chihan Eric Chyung, including Chyung’s 911 call to police in June 2009 right after his wife of three weeks, Paige Anne Bennett, was shot.

Jurors heard Chyung tell a dispatcher: “I killed my wife. I killed her. I didn’t mean to. She’s dead.”

Chyung says he and Bennett had gotten into an argument over a fishing pole he bought and that he was packing his 9 mm pistol into a suitcase while leaving their home when the gun went off by accident.

Officer Thomas Lazzaro, who was one of the first to respond to Chyung’s call, testified that he and several other officers found Chyung’s wife lying on the kitchen floor.

Lazzaro said, and police photos showed, that the house was a mess, with broken items on the floor and Paige Chyung’s purse there as well, its contents strewn around it.

“We found the house just in disarray,” he said.

Chyung was brought to the police station.

“He re-explained the incident several times,” Officer Damien Martin testified.

Two neighbors later testified they heard a loud argument coming from the Chyungs’ home, and even though they couldn’t make out words, the male’s voice was louder. The argument lasted about 20 minutes and finished with a woman screaming, then a loud bang, they said.

Chyung’s attorneys have asked the judge to allow the jury to consider the lesser charge of negligent homicide, which is a misdemeanor, during deliberations.

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