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December 9, 2010

Homicide trial deliberations last for hours

Jurors ponder verdict in Tamara Wilson case

Somerset —  

Arguments in the three-day trial held to determine whether a Nancy woman shot and killed her husband in 2008 in an act of self defense came to a close yesterday afternoon. As of press time last night, jurors had been deliberating for more than seven hours without reaching a verdict. 
After lawyers for both the defense and prosecution delivered their closing arguments Wednesday afternoon, the 12-person jury began to deliberate whether Tamara Elaine Wilson, of Ky. 196, Nancy shot and killed her husband, William Wilson, known as Frankie Wilson, in self-defense.
The incident happened on Aug. 13, 2008, after the couple argued throughout the course of the day, police said. Police initially indicated she’d acted in self-defense, but a Pulaski County Grand Jury in November 2008 handed down a murder indictment in the case.
According to authorities, Tamara Wilson shot Frankie Wilson four times with a .22 rifle during an argument – but the question was whether she could claim self-defense during the incident.
During his closing arguments in the trial, Tamara Wilson’s attorney, William Butler, of Louisville, appealed to the jury, asking that, if they determined that Tamara Wilson was not entitled to use force against her husband, they make sure they find Wilson guilty of one of the offenses given beyond a reasonable doubt.
The jury was given four possible convictions, along with the option of acquitting Tamara Wilson of the charge: Intentional murder, first-degree manslaugh-ter, second-degree manslaughter, or reckless homicide. Each charge carries a varied prison sentence.
 “There’s no disagreement that Tammy Wilson shot and killed Frank Wilson,” Butler said in his closing argument. “The question here is, was Tammy justified in that shooting?”
He repeatedly pointed out witness statements given by Tammy and Frankie Wilson’s two grown children detailing alleged abusive situations in the Wilson home.

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