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Accused man testifies in murder trial

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The defense has now rested its case in a Christopher man's murder trial.It comes after Brian Pheasant took the stand in his own defense. He claims he was trying to kill himself and not his wife on Halloween 2016.

Pheasant says that this would not have been the first time he attempted suicide and that he wrote several suicide notes in the days prior to his wife's death. 

However, Pheasant told the prosecution that he didn't actually have a plan on how to kill himself nor did he take the suicide notes with him the night he shot his wife, Beth. 

In his testimony, Pheasant said he took his wife's cell phone to lure her to their garage where he intended to shoot himself in front of her. 

It was there that  Pheasant claims he accidentally shot Beth in the back but didn't realize it. When Beth fled to the kitchen pheasant says he "did not directly pursue her." 

Prosecutors asked if Pheasant shot her a second time in the kitchen from behind -- he confirmed it but claimed it was still accidental. 

The jury will return to the courtroom tomorrow morning for closing arguments and deliberation. 

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