Jury Deliberates in Palacio Murder Trial

Case of South Florida man accused of killing ex-wife's new husband given to jury

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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The man on trial for killing his ex-wife’s new husband took the stand Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County courtroom. Cristobal Palacio, 46, is accused of killing Paul Winter four years ago in Palacio's Kendall driveway. In court on Wednesday, Palacio described why he shot the man.

The man on trial for killing his ex-wife’s new husband took the stand Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County courtroom. Cristobal Palacio, 46, is accused of killing Paul Winter four years ago in Palacio's Kendall driveway. In court on Wednesday, Palacio described why he shot the man.

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Wife Testifies at Ex-Husband’s Murder Trial

The wife of the man gunned down by her ex-husband testified Wednesday in day two of the murder trial. Jennifer Winters took the witness stand and described the moments four years ago when she saw her ex-husband, Cristobal Palacio, kill her husband Paul Winter.

Wife Testifies at Ex-Husband’s Murder Trial

The wife of the man gunned down by her ex-husband testified Wednesday in day two of the murder trial. Jennifer Winters took the witness stand and described the moments four years ago when she saw her ex-husband, Cristobal Palacio, kill her husband Paul Winter.
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The trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his ex-wife's new husband was handed over to a jury Thursday morning.

Cristobal Palacio, 46, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Paul Winter four years ago in Palacio's Kendall driveway.

Palacio is accused of gunning down Winter in a jealous rage in front of his 6-year-old twins and ex Jennifer Winter.

In the last day of his trial on Wednesday, Palacio described why he shot the man six times, saying he thought Winter, who wasn't armed, was going for a gun.

"He comes out like he’s so pissed, angry, I mean, you could see the veins,” Palacio said. “I hadn't done nothing to this guy. He starts coming at me."

Through tears, Palacio told the jury he acted in self-defense.

"He was running at me and he looked like he was coming with a gun,” Palacio said about his wife’s new husband, re-enacting the moment in court. “I shot him. He was coming running, pulling his gun."

Last week, the woman caught in the middle took the stand. Jennifer Winter said her husband was shot in cold blood and not in self-defense.

"He walked up to my husband after he was laying face down and he shot him more in the back," she said.

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