Former soldier breaks down as he tells jury about wife’s shooting death

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TACOMA, Wash. - A man accused of murdering his wife broke down in tears while on the stand on Thursday.

Skylar Nemetz, a former Joint Base Lewis-McChord based soldier, shot his wife in 2014 while she was sitting at a computer.

Police say 19-year-old Danielle Nemetz died immediately from a gunshot wound to the head.

Nemetz says he was cleaning his AR-15 rifle and didn't think it was loaded, according to Q13.

However, prosecutors say Nemetz had just returned home from military training and found alcohol at his home. Police say Nemetz learned that a man had purchased alcohol for his wife.

Prosecutors believe Nemetz thought his wife had been cheating on him and was angry.

Two hours later, they say he shot his wife in the back of the head while she was at the computer.

Nemetz has been charged with murder and he has pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, he took the stand in his trial and spoke about the moment he knew his wife was dead.

"I didn't mean to hurt my wife. I didn't mean to hurt her. I never meant to hurt her," he said through tears. "After the smoke cleared, I saw my wife and she wasn't moving."

"I went up to my wife on the left side and I saw her face, and my wife wasn't there anymore," he said. "I saw the gunshot wound... I saw it on the back of her head. Yeah, I knew she was dead."

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