BRADENTON -- Video shown to a jury Thursday during a trial of a Bradenton man charged with his girlfriend's murder revealed he lied to police about how she was shot.
Terry Braddy, 50, is charged with manslaughter with a weapon.
Linda Brown, 47, his live-in girlfriend of five years, was killed by a shotgun blast during a domestic dispute. Braddy claims the shooting was accidental.
If convicted, Braddy could face up to 30 years in prison.
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Jurors watched video of Braddy being interviewed by detectives for about an hour before he admitted lying and changed his story about how Brown was shot. Brown came home from a party, got a call and went out again later the night of the shooting. The two argued before she left and when she returned.
Braddy initially said he saw a black man with dreadlocks running from their home. Later, when detectives wanted to swab his hand and the hand of Brown's son for gun residue, he asks what the son told them.
"He says you shot her," Manatee County Sheriff's Office homicide detective Jeff Bliss said in the video.
Braddy then says the shotgun went off when the two were wrestling with it.
"It was an accident," Braddy said.
Brown came at him with the shotgun, and he was trying to take control of it, Braddy claimed.
"I tried to push her back, and when I pushed her it went off," Braddy said.
Braddy becomes louder and stands up as he demonstrates his new version of what happened.
"How did you not get shot?" Bradenton police detective Jeff Beckley asked.
"I don't know. I thought I did," he responded.
Braddy told Bliss he was afraid, which is why he told a different story initially.
The jury then watched a second video where Braddy went with Buckley and Bliss to the home he shared with Brown, and re-enacted his account of how the gun accidently went off. At the end of the video, Braddy is handcuffed and told Brown is dead. Braddy shouts in disbelief and slumps over.
The jury also heard testimony from crime scene technicians who detail evidence they collected, officers first on scene when Braddy said he had seen another man leave his house, and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement firearms expert who tested the shotgun, which fired correctly.
Jurors heard the screams and sobs of the Bradenton woman's son as the 911 call played.
Brown's son, James Wiggs, 24, who lived with the couple, testified he was awakened from sleep. As Brown's son detailed the moments before police and paramedics arrived, her pregnant daughter was overwhelmed and ran out of the courtroom in tears. Her loud sobs could be heard in the hallway outside the courtroom.
Meanwhile, the jury listened to the 911 call Brown's son made.
"My mom is not breathing," Wiggs is heard shouting as the 911 operator assures him help is on the way.
The 911 operator struggled to get details as Wiggs is heard talking to another man, later identified as Braddy.
"She's breathing but her guts are hanging out," says Braddy in the background.
The operator tried repeatedly to find out if the shooter was still in the home.
"I don't know what happened. I was in my room," Wiggs tells the 911 operator.
Wiggs is sobbing as he tells the operator his mother is laying on her back. The dispatcher gives directions on how to do chest compressions.
Testimony is expected to resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday and the case is scheduled to go to the jury later in the day.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.