Testimony under way in gold mine slaying trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Craig, Colo. (AP) - Jurors heard audio of a 72-year-old Craig man describing how he killed his wife, placed her in a bathtub and cut up her body so it would be easier to move to his gold mine where investigators found her remains.

Terry Hankins is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the June 2007 death of 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins.

In the first full day of testimony Thursday, prosecutors played recorded audio of Hankins tell investigators that he hit Cynthia Hankins on the head with a crowbar and choked her into unconsciousness before killing her. Jurors also saw pictures of Hankins' mutilated body.

Defense attorneys say Cynthia Hankins had a history of abusing her husband, who killed her in self defense.

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