WICHITA — Prosecutors say when Melinda Hazelton shot her estranged husband, it was murder.
Hazelton's defense says John Hazelton, 44, was shot after years of abusing his former wife and daughter.
A jury will decide whether Melinda Hazelton should go to prison for second-degree murder in a trial that began this morning before Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman.
Richard Ney, Melinda Hazelton's lawyer, will present evidence of her claims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
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Prosecutor Shannon Wilson is trying to show Melinda Hazelton intentionally shot her estranged husband during an argument the morning of Nov. 13, 2009, at a home he was visiting in the 1200 block of West 19th Street. He died the next day.