Christopher Wiley appeared in court on Tuesday morning (Source: KLTV staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The man accused of fatally shooting his partner at their Tyler home took the stand in his own defense during his murder trial.
Christopher Shane Wiley is charged with the 2013 murder of his partner, Rodney Walker, at their home located in Tyler's Azalea District.
Wiley took the stand Wednesday and said the shooting was fueled by an argument that turned into a fight when Walker pushed and shoved him. Wiley said they were in an argument standing up in the room, however, prosecutors said Wiley shot Walker in his bed, leaving a distinct blood spatter behind on the victim's pillow.
Wiley told jurors about repeated instances of abuse by Walker throughout their eleven year relationship.
A former investigator at the Smith County Sheriff's Office cross-examined by the prosecutors said she believed the assault and abuse was from both parties in the relationship.
Wiley described one incident where he claimed Walker beat him repeatedly at their Noonday home with a cast-iron skillet and a hammer.
Wiley remains married to his wife who took the stand Wednesday along with the couple's 17-year-old son. Both described Wiley as a caring man and the victim of assault and abuse by Walker.