WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – In a shocking move, defense attorneys called William Fambro, accused of murdering Teresa Hunter, to the stand Thursday afternoon as their lone witness in the case.
Fambro told the court his version of what happened inside room 25 of the Riverview Motel on October 14, claiming he shot her in self-defense.
He said he went with Hunter to run some errands before heading to the motel room.
Fambro went on to say that after he was there for several hours, he wanted to leave but the two started arguing about his marriage to Carrie Fambro just days before.
He said he became fearful when Hunter hit him in the back of the head with a weapon, claiming the two got into a physical altercation before he shot her with that weapon six times.
“We were struggling for the gun, we went to the side. She had my shirt and my wrist, which I had the gun and I pulled the trigger,” Fambro said. “I just fired a shot, we fell to the floor. I fired and fired as I was backing off.”
“It wasn’t self-defense, there’s no way,” said Freddie Washington, Hunter’s brother. “If you shoot somebody six times, you know the first two should have been enough.”
Prosecutor Chris Becker questioned Fambro about his interview with Detective Mackey at the Warren City Police Department on October 16.
“You didn’t tell him the story that you just told for the first time today, that you were acting in self-defense, correct?”
Fambro’s attorney David Rouzzo argued that there hadn’t been another opportunity for Fambro to share his side of the story in a court of law until Thursday.
After Fambro was on the stand for nearly three and a half hours, the defense rested its case. Closing arguments are set to take place Friday morning.