GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Miriam Helmick has taken the stand in the murder trial against her.
Right now the defense is establishing how she came to live in Grand Junction. Miriam came here to teach dance lessons at Barbara Watts' dance studio and it was at the dance studio she first met Alan Helmick. Miriam says Alan called the studio to take lessons and he became one of her students. She says the two starting dating after he asked her to be his date to a dance since he didn't have one. Originally, Miriam says she accepted his invitation to the dance because she considered it part of his lessons.
Two and a half weeks later Miriam moved into his house in Delta where he was living at the time. They later got engaged in June of 2005. Miriam says, "He treated me like a queen" and that he was a gentleman.
She says he called her his wild rose, which is why her wedding dress was black. It was the only one she could find with roses on it. Miriam has been moved to tears at several points as she's recalled their lives together.
The prosecution's witnesses have testified that Alan became harder to get a hold of and said they believed Miriam was controlling him. She's saying in court that she only took care of his messages and appointments when he asked her to, that she wrote down all of his messages and gave them to him but didn't make sure he returned them.
The defense is also asking Miriam to go over the day when she says their car was set on fire. The prosecution contends it was an attempt on Alan's life by Miriam.
The couple later moved to their home in Whitewater where Miriam is of having shot Alan to death. Miriam talked about the day she says she came home to find Alan on the floor 'cold and gray' while on the stand. She says she tried to do CPR but couldn't apply much pressure because she says she was still recovering from a shoulder injury. She says she tried CPR but knew he 'was gone.'
11 News is at the courthouse and will bring you updated information as she testifies. We'll also have a recap at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
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