Jurors Hear From Man Accused Of Murdering Wife

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 1/18/2012 11:37 pm
     "It doesn't look right.  It's just way too long."

     Donald Southworth was visibly shaken in parts of this video shown in court Wednesday.  It's the first time we've heard from the defendant who is accused of killing his wife Umi.  The edited interview was conducted by police on June 9th, 2010, shortly before Umi was found badly beaten in the backyard of the couple's Meadowthorpe apartment complex.  In the video, Donald talks about how he felt the day she was missing.

     "It goes on and on through the day and I'm just really worried.  And, I just walk around the back and all that.  We looked in the bushes.  Uh, we walked down the ditch line.  I found shoes.  Just looking for anything else and I didn't find anything."

     In the video, Donald claims several times that Umi was having an affair with their teenage daughter Almira's music producer, John DeGrazio, something which DeGrazio denies in earlier testimony. 

     "She was very private about her affair...very, very, very private."

     Donald says at one point, Umi had wanted to leave but recently, everything between them had been fine and that they were getting ready to move to Nashville.  He says it was unusual for her to disappear for this long...at one point during the interview, he broke down.

     "Everything was going good.  But, now, I got some bad feelings.  I think Umi's hurt.  Do you know she's hurt or do you just feel she's hurt?  I feel she's hurt."

     The second part of this interview is expected to be played when court resumes Thursday morning.

     The trial could wrap up by Friday.
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Progress Report: Hemp Is Looking Good
Hemp is now back in the hands of just a few farmers, taking part in a hemp pilot program. A Rockcastle County farmer has dedicated his summer to growing the crop. Video Video
Police: Woman Leaves Kids In Car During Jail Visit
Brandy Becksted is accused of leaving two young children in a car while she went into the Fayette county jail to deposit money for an inmate.
Documents: Former Manager Gave Pot To Teen Worker
Stephen Habermehl is accused of giving marijuana to a teenage employee while he was a manager at Culver's restaurant in Lexington.
Nearly 60 Meth Labs Found, Laurel County Road Closed
Laurel County sheriff's deputies found a large amount of meth labs on Paris Karr Road resulting in that road to be closed.
Two-Vehicle Crash Sends Six To The Hospital Near Berea
A two-vehicle crash in Madison County sent six people to the hospital, according to Police. Names, conditions of the victims, were not released. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.