The trial’s begun for a Spencer man accused of killing his wife, then turning the gun on himself. Harold Duncan is charged with first degree murder. Clay County Chuck Borth told the jury Duncan was an abusive husband who wanted his wife dead. Borth says Duncan shot his wife twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. The prosecutor said one shot was to her chest; the other was at close range — two to four away — and fired toward her back. Defense attorney John Sandy countered, saying Duncan was shot in the face by his wife and struggled to get the gun from her. Duncan’s attorney says his client acted in self-defense. The couple was found shot in their mobile home on January 13th of last year. Several witnesses have testified already, including a bank teller and a cell phone saleswoman who said Karen Duncan was a frightened wife who wanted out of her marriage. Duncan’s attorney says the shooting happened during an argument over Karen’s work schedule.
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