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Marriage was ‘good and bad,’ testifies Utah man accused of killing wife
Courts » Tracy Scott says 19-year marriage marred by constant fights.
First Published Aug 20 2014 12:52 pm • Last Updated Aug 22 2014 04:22 pm

Provo • Between sobs, Tracy A. Scott told a jury Wednesday about how he stood in front of his wife one March night, raised a gun, and shot and killed her.

"I snapped," Scott testified during the second day of his murder trial. "I just seen red. I went storming in [to the bedroom], she’s laying on the bed, and she’s got her cellphone [camera] pointed at me."

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Scott testified that he reached down, grabbed a gun off the floor and cocked it.

"Then I’m standing there, with the gun in my hand, pointed at Teresa," Scott said, the level of his voice rising as he described the events. "I said in my mind, ‘Oh my God,’ and then I noticed my hand just shaking. And then, boom, boom.

"I watched the percussion of the gun, I watched the bullet flip out. And then I looked at Teresa. And I stared at her. There was nothing. Not a movement."

Tracy Scott would fire his gun two more times at his wife. In the moments after the shots were fired, the man told the 4th District Court jury that he then wanted to commit suicide.

"I told myself, ‘I’m going to join her, I can’t do this,’ " he tearfully testified. "I was just about to kill myself when I seen [my children’s] pictures on the wall. I know I couldn’t do it. I had done enough already."

Instead, Tracy Scott picked up a cellphone and called 911.

Though the man was emotional — his body wracked with sobs — on the witness stand Wednesday, his voice was flat and calm when he called dispatchers March 23, 2013, and told them his wife was dead.

"My wife is shot," Scott is heard telling a dispatcher during the 911 call played in court Tuesday.

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"Who shot her?" the dispatcher asked.

"I did."

"Is she awake?" the dispatcher asked.

"No, she’s dead," Scott replied.

Scott, 48, is charged with first-degree felony murder. But defense attorney Richard Gale told the jury that "extreme emotional distress" caused his client to snap and kill his 45-year-old wife. Gale said he hopes the jury will convict his client of the lesser crime of second-degree felony manslaughter.

Gale asked his client Wednesday whether he would have shot his wife if he was in the right mind.

"I wouldn’t do a thing like that," Scott testified. "I don’t know why it turned out like that. We’ve never done nothing that bad. We’ve never, ever pulled guns out or acted like that."

Earlier Wednesday, Tracy Scott testified about his 19-year marriage to Teresa Scott.

He said sparks flew between the two of them at an Ozzy Osbourne concert in 1989. They married in 1994. They had two children.

"We were two peas in a pod," Scott testified. "We were together all the time. We loved each other. We were a pair."

But Scott said constant fights and bickering marred the relationship. He estimated that about 65 percent of 70 percent of their lives were spent disagreeing with each other.

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