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Trial Of Man Accused In Wife Killing Underway

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File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Norwalk man who says he shot his wife to death by accident in Norwich four years ago has gone on trial on murder and manslaughter charges.

A New London Superior Court jury began hearing evidence Wednesday in the trial of 50-year-old Chihan Eric Chyung, including Chyung’s 911 call to Norwich police in June 2009 right after his wife of three weeks, Paige Anne Bennett, was shot.

Jurors heard Chyung tell a dispatcher, “I killed my wife. I killed her. I didn’t mean to. She’s dead.”

Chyung says he and Bennett got into an argument over a fishing pole he bought and he was packing his 9 mm pistol into a suitcase while leaving their home when it went off by accident.

The trial is set to resume Thursday.

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