SAN ANTONIO-- Ray Lemes and his wife took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday, telling a jury they were scared, feared for their lives and were terrorized by a home intruder.
“I screamed, 'Ray, Ray! There’s someone in the house!' And he came running out,” said Katherine Lemes.
She said her dog's growls awakened her, and that's when she saw the shadowy figure in the home.
She added, “I was scared. I feared for my life. Someone was in my house I didn’t know.”
Ray Lemes told jurors that's when he got his wife's pistol and ran after the man through the front door.
He said, “I looked that way the door was open and I could just see a flash going by my truck. I had the gun in my hand, he came out from around the pile of brush and startled me, and I guess I gripped the gun and must’ve had my finger on the trigger because I remember a shot or two going off and the gun almost jumping out of my hand.”
Lemes said the young man kept coming toward him, shouting at him, so he fired at least 4-more times.
College student Tracy Glass would die that night, a block from his sister’s home.
Police found no stolen property, no weapon on him.
Prosecutors say Lemes went too far that night, that he never saw the intruder inside his home, but was quick to pull the trigger on a young man he spotted outside.
Lemes says he feared the young man was there to finish him off, and go for his wife.
Closing arguments begin Wednesday.