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April 5, 2014

Woman not charged in husband’s homicide

Grand jury finds wife acted out of fear, in self-defense in shooting her husband

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury Thursday declined to indict a Parker County woman charged with murder last year in the death of her husband, finding that the shooting was in self-defense.

Authorities say Katherine Kerr Kuehner, 53, killed her husband, 52-year-old Curtis Wayne Kuehner, by shooting him in the head, neck and chest area with a .357 revolver on Sept. 23.

Kuehner’s jail book-in photo taken the day of the shooting showed a black eye, but authorities say Kuehner had many other injuries across her body, as well.

“According to the investigation, there were previous allegations of domestic abuse, as well as fresh injuries to her face, arms, legs, and body of Mrs. Kuehner, which she indicated she suffered at the hands of her husband,” Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly said in a statement Friday. “There was never any question that Mrs. Kuehner shot her husband. The issue was whether or not it was in self-defense. Mrs. Kuehner gave a statement, which was corroborated by a polygraph examination, describing very serious abuse and fearing for her life the day of the shooting. In deciding the case, it was appropriate for the grand jury to review all the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”

The man’s body was found lying on the living room floor, between the couch and fireplace, of the couple’s home in the 3000 block of Dusk Drive after a 911 call was placed from a neighbor’s house around 3 p.m. Sept. 23.

In the background of a recording of the call, a woman can be heard saying, “He will never hit me again,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

Asked by the neighbor where the gun was, Kuehner reportedly said, “It’s laying on the [expletive] fireplace, where I shot the [expletive] ... you’ll never, ever hurt me again.”

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