Wife of man who shot cops takes witness stand to recount life of abuse

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The wife of a man convicted of shooting a police officer in the face testified today in the punishment phase of his trial.

Jessie Hernandez, 35, faces up to life in prison for the September 2013 shooting of Selma Police Officer Tiffany Kierum.

District Attorney Nicholas LaHood, who is personally trying the case alongside prosecutor Jason Goss, told jurors during opening statements in the trial's punishment phase Tuesday that his office plans to seek the maximum sentence.

Roseanne Hernandez detailed for jurors her husband's history of abusive behavior, including one instance when he shoved her against a wall “belly first” so hard she broke her clavicle, she said.

She was six months pregnant at the time.

The state also played for jurors a recorded jail phone call between the couple from July 29 where he repeatedly asks her “whose side” she's on.

“Are you happy?” he asks her, after she tells him she spoke to the district attorney's office prior to trial. “I'm probably gonna go to jail now.”

“Who are you trying to do right by? Me or them?”

After a lunch break, jurors are expected to return to the 437th state District Court this afternoon to continue hearing evidence in the case.