BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Morgan Thomas - email
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man admitted Tuesday afternoon to killing his wife, but only as an accident as part of a role playing sex game.
John Presley is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Stephanie Fowler Presley, in the back of the head and leaving her body near the Rusk County line.
Stephanie Fowler Presley's extended family and friends have filled the courtroom through out the trial.
"It's been tough. It's been really hard to hear the details," said Gayla Johnston Cunningham, Stephanie's mother.
A PAINFUL EXPLANATION, ACCORDING TO STEP-MOM KIM FOWLER.
"Just hearing both sides of it. Some of the details come out. Very confusing just emotional," said Kim Fowler, Stephanie's step-mother.
As the only witness for the defense, Presley explained that he and his wife had a "good and bad" relationship and they had stopped near the Rusk County line to have sex. When they reached the spot, they built a fire and smoked a cigarette. He then went to the car and saw a gun and Presley said he wanted to use it as part of a role playing game.
"At that moment I had the crazy notion," Presley said. "It would be a fun role play. Me telling her what to do and her doing it."
"I was approaching her and I was just in the process of asking her to play and the gun went off," he said. "At first I kind of stood there. At that instant I was stunned. I said, 'Baby, Baby,' and she didn't respond. So I said 'Oh my God, oh my God.'"
Presley later testified that he and his girlfriend, Charlotte Mallow, decided to leave for Mexico, but decided to come back to Texas, because he "needed to tell someone."
Prosecutor Ryan Chambers confronted Presley on his testimony, asking if he had ever told any investigator about his version of what happened. Presley said he did not.
Violet Keigley is the mother of Presley's girlfriend, Charlotte Mallow, who was with him during their capture at the Mexican border. She says she isn't buying Presley's story.
"John's a pathological liar... because I know him. He lived in my house for awhile," said Keigley.
In morning testimony, Chambers called Dr. Thomas Brown to the stand to describe Stephanie's autopsy results. Summing her cause of death, Brown called it "A through and through gun shot."
The bullet hit the head above the right ear and exited Stephanie's head above her left eyebrow, Brown said. Brown also told the jury that one of her ankles had been dislocated, and there was bruising on her legs. The jury was shown photographs of the injuries.
A firearm expert also testified that the shell-casing recovered from the scene was very rare. In more than 11 years of work, he had never seen this particular type of bullet.
DNA analysis expert Jennifer Moore said she analyzed three cigarette butts from the scene. A Marlboro brand did not match a DNA profile. But a Misty brand matched Stephanie's profile and a third, a Kool brand, matched John Presley's.