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Graveyard Shooting Trial Underway

January 19, 2000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ An attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife while a TV camera rolled told a jury Wednesday that his client snapped because of a reporter’s persistent questioning.

Reemberto Diaz said during opening statements that Emilio Nunez, 40, became angered by the questioning of reporter Ingrid Cruz.

Ms. Cruz was preparing a story for Miami Spanish-language station WSCV about the suicide of the couple’s 15-year-old daughter. Ms. Cruz met Nunez at his daughter’s grave in 1993.

While Nunez was being interviewed, his 33-year-old ex-wife, Maritza Martin, arrived at the cemetery unexpectedly. Nunez accused her of causing their daughter’s suicide, saying Ms. Martin had slapped the girl after she became pregnant.

When Ms. Cruz tried to interview Martin on camera, Nunez pulled a gun, shot Ms. Martin in the head and fired 11 more times as she lay on the ground.

Ms. Cruz and her cameraman ran for cover, but not before he captured much of the shooting on tape.

Diaz said Ms. Cruz asked questions designed to get an emotional response from Nunez.

``I guess (WSCV) got what they wanted,″ Diaz said.

Nunez is charged with murder. The defense is trying to show that he acted impulsively, which would make him guilty of manslaughter.

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