UPDATE: Defense Claims Accidental Shooting in McDonald's Murder

4 years 11 months 1 week ago June 11, 2012 Jun 11, 2012 Monday, June 11 2012 Monday, June 11, 2012 6:32:00 PM CDT in News
By: Matt Evans and Alex Jones
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JEFFERSON CITY - The first day of trial for a man charged with killing his wife at a McDonald's restaurant in Jefferson City ended Monday.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Keith Kellner shot his wife in the chest at the Jefferson Street McDonald's where she worked. Kellner and his wife Pamela had recently separated before the shooting.

He was "controlling, wouldn't let her have any friends," his daughter Tiffany Kellner said on the stand.

Kellner is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the December 2010 shooting.

The bullet hit Pamela Kellner's heart, causing her to lose about two liters of blood, according to the Boone County Medical Examiner. "That is almost half her blood volume. You can't survive on that."

Prosecutors and the defense presented their opening statements Monday afternoon before the state called several witnesses. The prosecution says the shooting was pre-meditated while the defense will argue that Kellner had planned to kill himself that night, but accidentally shot his as he pulled the gun out of his jacket pocket.

The court is in recess until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. KOMU will continue to follow this case.

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