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By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
DEFIANCE - Auglaize County Sheriff¹s Deputy Brent Henschen testified
at the Brent Anderson murder trial this morning that Kimberly Anderson told him she
"continued to fire into the closet" in which her husband had "jumped"
on the night of the fatal shooting.
Henschen, who was brought to the stand this morning by Auglaize County
Prosecutor Ed Pierce, told jurors he took the statement from Kimberly Anderson on the
night she shot and killed her husband, Brent Anderson.
In the statement to Henschen, Kimberly Anderson said the couple had a
fight and she went upstairs to get the telephone. She also said Brent Anderson followed
her upstairs to the room, Henschen said. Henschen told jurors Kimberly Anderson said she
was at the end of the bed and had retrieved a weapon from the night stand when Brent
after her. She also said she continued to fire at him as he came toward her, Henschen
Kimberly Anderson said in the statement that as she began firing the
weapon, Brent Anderson "jumped into the closet."
"She stated she continued to fire into the closet," Henschen
Henschen also said Kimberly Anderson told him she kept her hands on the
gun until she emptied it. Later she told Henschen she gathered the telephone and gun and
brought them downstairs.
She also told Henschen she purchased the gun six weeks earlier.
As of press time this morning, Henschen had not been cross examined by
Kimberly Anderson's attorney, Alan Konop of Toledo.
But in opening statements made Monday, Konop said Kimberly Anderson was
a woman fearing for her life and the lives of her children the night she shot her husband
to death at her home in Wapakoneta.
That's what this case is all about, pure and simple," Konop said Monday.
"On more than one occasion, he (Brent Anderson) threatened to kill Ms. Anderson and
take the whole family out."
Konop's statement came on the heels of the prosecution's opening
statement that depicted Kimberly Anderson, 38, as an irresponsible mother who callously
fired eight gunshots into the body of her helpless husband as he crouched inside a bedroom
"She was empowered with a 380 (.38-caliber) semi-automatic handgun
that was located on the floor of her bedroom, a day when she knew her toddlers were coming
home," from a weekend visit with their father, Auglaize County Assistant Prosecuting
Attorney Amy Fox told the jurors.
The opening statements were made after the prosecution and defense
seated seven women and five men to the jury.
Kim Anderson was indicted in December 2001 on charges of aggravated
murder, murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband, Celina attorney
Brent Anderson, 37.
The trial was moved to Defiance after Auglaize County Judge Frederick
Pepple on Friday granted Konop's motion for a change of venue due to pretrial publicity.
Pepple remains the residing judge in the case.
During Fox's opening statement, she told the court that Brent Anderson
was shot multiple times in the back, groin and hands while inside a walk-in closet in an
upstairs bedroom of their home in Wapakoneta on Sept. 2, 2001. He was returning his two
sons, ages 3 and 1, from a weekend visit that Labor Day weekend when the shooting
The couple had been separated for nearly a year and a divorce was
Fox told jurors that Kimberly Anderson will testify the couple's
3-year-old son told her he had been sexually abused by his father, and that she received
that information just prior to sending the boy on an overnight visit with his father.
While explaining Kimberly Anderson's decision to send the boy with his
father that weekend, Konop told jurors, "There was a lot of things going on that
night. She was taking the older kids to a football game."
Konop, during his opening statement, said Brent Anderson's actions
months before the shooting frightened Kimberly Anderson. He said Brent Anderson posed as a
cable guy during one alleged incident, and an interested home buyer another time, in order
to enter the homes of Kimberly Anderson's friends.
Konop also told jurors they will hear testimony stating the argument
between the couple prior to the shooting was about the sexual abuse of the couple's sons
at the hands of their father.
"No one wants to believe it, it's a hard thing," Konop said
of the sexual abuse allegations.
Auglaize County Sheriff¹s Office Dispatcher Caroline Zenz was the
first witness called by the prosecution on Monday. She testified that she was on duty the
afternoon Kimberly Anderson called 911 seeking help. Pierce played the 911 tape in which
Kimberly Anderson admits shooting her husband after he came after her.
Also testifying was sheriff's deputy William Johnson who said he
arrived on the scene of the shooting first and saw Kimberly Anderson sobbing outside the
home, holding two small children. Johnson said he walked upstairs to the bedroom, with gun
drawn and careful not to disturb evidence, and found Brent Anderson's lifeless body in the
Johnson also testified that he discovered a portable phone and a
handgun on a rug near the first-floor entrance near the garage.
As Pierce brought out pictures of the crime scene, siblings of
Brent Anderson, present in the courtroom, began to sob and look away.
Pierce told Pepple at the conclusion of testimony late Monday
afternoon, he expects to call all his witnesses by Wednesday afternoon. Konop told Pepple
he could be ready to start calling his witnesses at that time and hopes to conclude
defense testimony on next Tuesday.
Pepple last week discussed continuing the trial on Monday despite the
holiday (Columbus Day), but did not indicate to jurors Monday that they
would be expected to appear that day.
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