California Mother Accused of Killing Husband Gets Retrial

Julie Harper claims she killed her allegedly abusive husband in self-defense.
2:16 | 09/15/15

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We'll begin with the California mom back on trial for killing her husband, Julie Harper claims self-defense, saying her husband abused her for years and feared for her life. Prosecutors call it murder. ABC's Linzie Janis here with the story. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. Prosecutors say Harper didn't act to protect herself from her husband but instead to protect herself from a messy custody battle over their kids saying she filed for divorce just days before she shot him. Is 42-year-old Julie Harper a battered wife or a cold-blooded kill injure that's the question jurors are facing this morning. Harper on trial for a second time for killing her math teacher husband Jason Harper. Just had been in an absolute fury in his rage yelling and screaming. Reporter: Acquitted of first degree murder last year, the blond stay-at-home mom who admits she shot her husband but can't remember pulling the trigger claims her husband repeatedly violated her verbally and sexually for years. She recorded some of their altercations which the defense played in the first trial. You're putting our kid in the day care and making me pay for it and you claim you're taking care of them. . Reporter: In that industrial they split on second degree murder. Charges she faces again. Defense attorneys pointing out the gun she used was never found after she claimed she bury I had it on a public street but doesn't remember where. Police say she disappeared for 24 hours after her husband's death with her passport and tens of thousands of dollars. The couple's three children downstairs watching TV when the shooting happened. On Monday, her defense beginning with her attorney playing a video recording of an enraged Jason Harper for the jury. I don't care. Reporter: Reminding the courtroom why she was acquitted on first degree murder in the first place. According to one juror from that trial -- I think she was not going to take it for the 31st time and she took him out. Reporter: Two of the couple's three children are expected to testify later this week. Jason Harper's parents have been looking after the kids since the shooting even though their mother has been out on bail. If convicted Julie Harper could face up to 40 years in prison.

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