By: Debbie RolenStaff Writer
February 8, 2013
Testimony continued in the murder trial of Jonathan Ferrell, who is charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Wyatt Robinson, Jr. The incident took place November 21, 2010, at Ferrell’s home.
Mrs. Ferrell testified she and Mr. Robinson had become friends over a period of time, seeing each other in the mornings for coffee. From there the relationship developed into a sexual affair that continued for several months. Mr. Ferrell knew nothing of the affair and Mrs. Ferrell continued to deny the involvement, even after both her husband and Mr. Robinson’s wife confronted her.
Mr. Ferrell told the court he had suspicions his wife was having an affair because she had been late at times and wasn’t where she said she was going on occasion. He said the couple had spoken of divorce.
The situation began to unravel when Mr. Ferrell called and then met with Mrs. Robinson to tell her of his suspicions. Ferrell confronted his wife and told her she had to decide between having a family and being with Robinson. She went to her father’s house to stay and think things over and make a decision. Mr. Ferrell went to bed with both children, then ages four and eight.
In the early morning hours of the next day, Ferrell said Mr. Robinson came to his house and accused him of trying to ruin his 23-year marriage, said he was going to get Mrs. Ferrell and threatened to “beat the life out of him.” Ferrell says he called 911 and later spoke with a deputy, but no report was ever filed and law enforcement did not come to the Ferrell residence.
On November 21, the Ferrells spent the day putting up their Christmas tree and Christmas decorations out in the yard. Mr. Ferrell went to buy extension cords and pick up food for dinner and ran into Mrs. Robinson. They spoke briefly, saying each would tell the other if they found out anything about their spouses involvement.
According to Mrs. Ferrell, Robinson showed up at the Ferrell home later that night. He spoke first with Mrs. Ferrell who says she told him “don’t do this; my children are here.” Robinson insisted on speaking with Mr. Ferrell and she called her husband to the door.
On the way through the house, Ferrell said he picked up the gun, which was loaded with eight bullets, from the top of the refrigerator and put it in the waistband of his jeans. He went outside on the porch and said Robinson was threatening him, telling him not to look for his wife to tell her things and saying again he would “beat the life out of him.”
Robinson threw a punch which connected in some way to Mr. Ferrell’s jaw. Ferrell says he took the gun from his waistband and pulled the trigger until the gun was empty. When the shots ended, Ferrell was still on the porch, but Robinson was lying in the yard, some 40 feet away.
Witnesses all say the shots were in a series, with no pauses. An expert witness testified about the positions, conditions and statistics on reactions for the weapon, Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Robinson, after which the defense rested its case.