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Son testifies in Woodside murder trial

Original post made on May 3, 2013

The son of a Woodside man who is charged with killing his wife in April 2010 testified Tuesday that his mother had been depressed and under stress in the months leading up to her death, leaving open the possibility that she committed suicide.

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Comments

Posted by History guy, a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on May 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

The defense attorney argued that the shooting death of his client's wife might have been suicide, but the dead woman had two gun shot wounds to her head? Two? Suicide? Am I missing something?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

History Guy:

yes, you are missing something. Depending on the location of the gunshot wounds, one of them could be what are known as "hesitation" wounds. The person trying to commit suicide flinches at the last instant and delivers a non-fatal wound. They then shoot themselves again, often succeeding where they failed the first time.

Early in my law enforcement experience we went to a scene where a man had shot his wife a children then himself. He didn't die immediately and was transported to the hospital. The doctors discovered two gun shot wounds to the head. No one else could have administered them but him.

I don't know enough about this case to say it's a possibility, but I'm betting that's what the defense is driving at.