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Murder or self-defense? Hasch testifies of abuse

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - There is no dispute that on April 14, 2008, Janice Hasch fired a handgun that killed her husband.

The question a Bullitt Circuit Court jury will have to answer is whether she intended to murder her husband.

Prosecutor Michael Mann concluded his portion of the case on Wednesday morning. Defense attorney Butch Turner began his case before the jury was dismissed until Thursday.

During his opening statement, Mann said that Janice Hasch took a gun, removed it from a pouch, loaded it and shot her husband.

In an interview with Det. Scotty McGaha, she said she could have left the home but chose to stay. In the past when the couple argued, she said she had left the home off Bells Mill Road.

The jury listened to her taped interview, as well as three calls to 911.

A call on Aug. 17, 2007, by Hasch asked for police to come to the home. She said she was going to kill her husband. The call was disconnected and when the dispatcher returned the call, Jerry Hasch answered and said there were no problems.

Officers were dispatched to the home.

On Aug. 23, 2007, Hasch call dispatch but said she didn't want the police to come to the home. When dispatcher Amber Allen called back and said police were on the way, the phone was hung up again.

On April 14, 2008, dispatcher Marke Richardson was on duty when Janice Hasch called and said she had just shot her husband and needed medical assistance.

"I shot my husband," said the defendant. "I shot him between the eyes."

EMS was called to the scene but her husband died later that evening.

In his opening argument, defense attorney Butch Turner said that the sheriff's department did no investigation into why his client would have shot her husband.

"She had every reason to fear him," said Turner. "Her belief was reasonable."

He said there were prior acts of violence between the couple and neighbors feared there would be trouble some day.

"Janice did not intend to kill him," said Turner. "She did all she could to help him."

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