Former radio host testifies about shooting his wife
(WCPO.COM) CINCINNATI, Ohio – “My finger, I don’t,” Blake Seylhouwer said, stumbling through his words and holding back tears. “My finger must have hit the trigger. I didn’t – I didn’t mean to.”
The father, Madeira businessman and former 55KRC Radio host took the stand Thursday and testified in his own defense. It was the first time he had spoken publicly since prosecutors said he purposely fired a rifle at his wife last summer.
“Was your intention at that time to shoot Misty?” defense attorney Patrick Mulligan asked Seylhouwer.
“Absolutely not,” the 36-year-old responded. “Absolutely not.”
Since his trial began Monday, Seylhouwer has been called a liar, a cheater and a manipulative man.
Prosecutor Jeff Heile told jurors there is no question Seylhouwer fired on his wife Misty Seylhouwer on purpose after an argument outside their Madeira home on Aug. 12.
Police said a bullet from the high-powered hunting rifle hit the couple’s concrete driveway and sprayed shrapnel and bits of concrete into Misty’s head, leg, stomach and neck. Their two daughters, ages 1 and 4, were inside the house at the time.
During cross-examination, Heile attacked inconsistencies in Seylhouwer’s story, including his failure to tell police and his parents he was suicidal the day of the shooting.
Seylhouwer described those feelings in court.
“I don’t know man,” he said. “I just looked at the gun and I just felt like that – it just made sense (to kill myself). Like, I was so tired of hurting my wife.”
When Seylhouwer called 911 after the shooting, he told a dispatcher he was removing his .30-06 rifle from his vehicle’s trunk when it fired.
“I shot my wife accidentally,” Seylhouwer told the dispatcher. “She came out of the car and I accidentally hit her.”
In the background, Misty is heard yelling for help.
When officers arrived at the scene, they said Misty was on the ground in her driveway, covered in blood and repeating the words, “He shot me. Get him away from me.”
In court Thursday, Seylhouwer testified he told police the truth after the shooting.
“I promise you, when I talked to (the detective) the first time that is what was in my mind, that that’s what happened,”
Seylhouwer told Heile. “I am sorry that it wasn’t perfect. I’m sorry that it wasn’t specific enough for you, but I was not in a place to be giving a specific detailed account of what just happened.”
The jury began deliberating at 3:45 pm. and wrapped for the day at 4:30 pm. Deliberation will continue tomorrow.
Seylhouwer is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of domestic violence. He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.