Jurors Hear From Man Accused Of Murdering Wife

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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.
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