A woman accused of trying to kill her ex-husband in his south Austin home last year is on trial this week. Prosecutors say Andria Stanley hit her ex-husband over the head with a blunt object and then shot him in the face.
Jason Witt says that his ex-wife attacked him in his home last year, but the defense hopes to convince jurors that he made up this story and that Stanley was a victim herself.
While testifying in court Wednesday, Jason Witt told jurors that his ex-wife, 32-year-old Andria Stanley, tried to kill him. He says she broke into his home in the early morning hours of February 6, 2012, and hit him in the head with what he believed to be a wooden object.
According to prosecutors, the violent assault was the result of a bitter custody battle. When Stanley came to the house on Abilene trail in south Austin that night, Witt told police that she demanded he give up the custody case against her. He says Stanley threatened him with a gun, then bound his wrists with zip ties. Witt told jurors he was able to break loose and he and Stanley got into a scuffle and she shot him in the jaw.
After that, Witt said Stanley wrapped plastic wrap around his head and face as if she was trying to suffocate him. Once again, Witt says he was able to break out of the plastic cuffs, get control of the gun and struck Stanley over the head with it. He then found his phone and called 9-1-1.
The defense claims Witt is lying and that he accidentally shot himself while beating Stanley with the gun. Her attorneys hope to convince jurors that Witt let Stanley into the house that night and that the reason it allegedly took Witt nearly 50 minutes to call 9-1-1 is that he made up the story about her attacking him.
Jurors were shown graphic photos taken of Witt after paramedics arrived at the scene. His face and neck were covered with blood.
Witt and Stanley had gotten married in 2006 and divorced in 2009. They have two kids together. They were left at Stanley's mother's home outside Palestine while she drove to Austin the night of the incident.
Stanley has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and burglary. She is in custody. Attorneys expect the trial to wrap up by the end of this week.