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Defense calls for mistrial in ETX Labor Day murder


Testimony came to a screeching halt in the first day in the trial of an East Texas man accused of shooting his wife on Labor Day in 2010. Now the judge is considering whether to grant a defense motion for mistrial.

Jeffrey Green claims it was an accident, telling investigators that he was going into the bathroom of his home to tell his wife he was heading outside the kill a snake when his .22 caliber handgun went off.

Shirlette Green was shot once in the chest. She later died at Good Shepard Medical Center.

Testimony began Monday morning with investigators describing finding Green completely naked when they arrived at their home in the 3000 block of Hynson Springs Road that day.

They say he refused to answer their questions about why and how he came to be unclothed.

Early Monday afternoon, portions of videotaped interviews conducted with Green before he was formally charged were played for the jury that the defense says both sides had agreed would not be entered into evidence. Because of that, the defense filed a motion for mistrial.

After hearing testimony from the investigator responsible for editing that video, 71st District Judge William Hughey adjourned the trial for the day and is expected to rule by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday on whether to grant the motion.


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