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April 18, 2013

Appeals court upholds man’s 60-year sentence for shooting wife

By CHRISTIN COYNE

The Second Court of Appeals last week upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of running his estranged wife off the road in Parker County and shooting her in the legs as she fled him.

David “Danny” Daniel Duff Jr., 43, was found guilty in June 2011 of three charges of aggravated assault. A Parker County jury gave him concurrent 60-, 20- and 10-year sentences.

More than seven months after the incident, the victim, Samantha Duff, limped to the stand during the trial and told jurors that Danny Duff had threatened to kill her if she left him and that she attempted to hide at her cousin’s Springtown-area home after moving out while in fear for her life.

After he was served divorce papers the morning of Nov. 3, 2010, Duff used his vehicle to ram a vehicle with Samantha Duff and her cousin inside into a pipe fence near the cousin’s home, according to testimony.

As she got out of the damaged car, her husband shot her in the leg with a handgun, Samantha Duff told jurors, adding that as she continued to try to run, he shot her in the other leg and she fell.

During a 911 tape played for jurors, Danny Duff could be heard telling his wife “It’s all your fault.”

He reportedly held a gun to her head as she begged for her life while bleeding on the ground.

Duff also pointed the gun at the cousin’s husband, who arrived at the scene with a gun after the shooting and attempted to talk him out of shooting Samantha Duff, as well as a passerby who stopped to help, according to testimony.

At the time of the trial, Duff told jurors she still had severe pain in one knee and couldn’t run. Her cousin was also injured during the wreck.

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