- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The lawyer for a 43-year-old southern Oregon man on trial for murder says the man fatally shot his girlfriend by accident when he was trying to stop her nagging so he could sleep.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/zGRQ4s ) that jurors in Robert Simonson’s murder trial heard in opening statements Monday that the case will hinge on whether they believe Simonson intended to kill 52-year-old Kimberly Ann Staack on Nov. 1, 2013.

Prosecutor Lacie Nelson told jurors that the victim was a “mean drunk” who badgered Simonson for hours before he fired a warning shot to the floor, then one into Staack’s head.

Defense lawyer Donald Scales said a drunken and sleep-deprived Simonson was “stupid” and “reckless” when he pointed the gun near Staack only “to put the ringing in her ears” but tragically shot her. Scales says the case “is not a whodunnit,” but rather an issue of intent.

Prosecutors were expected to call their first witness Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.



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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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