Douglas Takes the Stand

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Edwin Douglas says he never saw Burt Parker until Tuesday when he testified in Douglas' trial. He says his first conversation with Parker was on the telephone, at the home of two women friends the night of the shooting.

One of those women had recently decided to end her relationship with Parker.

"She was saying things like, 'I have a new boyfriend now, and I’m not going to be here for you'," Douglas recalled. "And she hung up the phone."

He was in a car with those same two women shortly after 1:00 a.m. on May 16 when Parker tried to enter the vehicle.

"That’s when I reached for my gun. I pulled the gun out, very fast, and I shot it," Douglas testified. "I was scared. I was scared for my life."

One of those women says Parker tried to enter the vehicle when the three returned home from a local bar.

"Once I got my car door shut, (Parker) stepped back a little bit," Charity Wineman explained. "And that's when I heard the last gunshot."

Douglas said he had a small gun with him for his own protection.

Douglas is also accused of malicious assault in connection with the shooting of Burt Parker.

A third charge, that of wonton endangerment while using a firearm, was dismissed Wednesday afternoon.

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are set for Thursday.