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Murder Trial Opens

Posted on 31st January 2014 at 17:17

The second-degree murder trial of Scott Wesley Humphreys, 49, of Longview is now under way. Today’s Daily News reports on the first day of testimony, with prosecutors claiming that an agitated and obsessed Humphreys shot his uncle at point-blank range, while the defense is claiming that Humphreys shot and killed David “Lonny” Peterson, 62, in self-defense. It’s reported that Humphreys was obsessed with the so-called December 21st “Mayan Apocalypse,” and had stayed up the entire night before the shooting to see if the world was going to end. Deputy Prosecutor James Smith says Humphreys was thinking “dark thoughts” due to the prophecy. After a night of drinking, Humphreys reportedly went to his uncle’s apartment, and asked to see his gun. It’s claimed that Humphreys was “agitated and angry,” and ended up shooting Peterson in the abdomen. Defense attorney Terry Mulligan claims that Peterson had become “bossy” to Humphreys in the days leading up to the shooting, ordering him around and threatening Humphrey’s loved ones if he didn’t do what Peterson said. He claims that there was a struggle over the gun, Humphreys was able to pull it away, and then Humphreys shot his uncle as the bigger man charged. Testimony continues today in the trial, which is expected to last about a week.