BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The wife of the man accused of shooting three of his neighbors and killing two of them in a Titusville neighborhood testified about the victims Friday.
William Woodward, 49, is charged in the 2012 Labor Day shooting deaths of Gary Lee Hembree and Roger Picior and the attempted murder of Bruce "Timothy" Blake outside his home on Smith Drive in Titusville, police said.
William Woodward said he was defending his family after weeks of threats.
Barbara Woodward cried several times on the stand. She said the neighbors threatened to rape her daughter and that her husband fired the gun in response to the ongoing threats.
“I can still hear their voices screaming at me,” Barbara Woodward said. “It escalated to yelling at us every time we walked outside. We tried to walk the dog, and you're taking your child to the bus stop -- it just never stopped. It was constant.”
Barbara Woodward said that, before the shooting, she and her husband made the decision to move from their home.
"I felt like it would not stop. I felt we had to get away from it completely. Up until then, I thought that was going to be our house forever. I realized we were never going to be safe there," Woodward testified.
Woodward's daughter testified that her neighbors made her fear for her safety.
The state will seek the death penalty if Woodward is found guilty.
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