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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
Woman 'shot husband in gun dance'
The judge in the case of a woman accused of shooting her husband while she danced for him with a shotgun has started summing up.

Linda West, 49, denies she murdered her husband, Gregory West, 45, at their flat in Southampton in May 2005.

In the witness box, Mrs West said she had danced to the Shania Twain song "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" with the weapon after an evening drinking wine.

When she put the gun down, she claims, it went off, shooting Mr West.

Gun 'went off'

Winchester Crown Court has heard Mrs West's 999 call, in which she told the operator: "Oh my God. I have shot him. The gun just went off. It was an accident."

Police found Mr West in a dressing gown slumped in an armchair and his wife covered in blood.

Experts told the jury the gun's safety catch was faulty and that when it was dropped it could go off.

The prosecution allege that the couple, who had been married only ten weeks, had argued and Mrs West got the gun and shot her husband deliberately.

Mrs West also denies an alternative count of manslaughter.

Mr Justice Cresswell is expected to spend Thursday summing the case up to the jury.


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