Emotional testimony rocked a Hillsborough County courtroom Tuesday in the murder trial of Larry Dickey, the man accused of beating his wife, Bea, to death while the couple's children were inside the home.
Dickey's defense team is not denying that he killed his wife. However, the question remains whether he should be convicted on first-degree charges. Dickey's attorneys say alcohol played a significant factor in the murder, and therefore, it was not premeditated.
Dickey's daughter, Taylor, confirmed in her testimony Tuesday that both Larry and Bea had been drinking heavily the night of her death. As she testified, tears fell down Larry Dickey's face.
She said her mother seemed irritated that night after the couple returned from a concert. She told the court she was in her room and heard tires screech outside, and she walked into her father and stepmother's room to find Bea Dickey on the bed bleeding and barely alive.
"I walked into the room, and she was breathing really heavily," Taylor paused. "And I saw blood."
The girl also testified that Bea had earlier said Larry Dickey had been drinking and "she would try and keep him under control."
Prosecutors in the case are not seeking the death penalty. Larry Dickey would get life in prison if convicted.
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