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Jurors Watch Interview With Maxwell Wyant And Hear From Roommate

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Late last week, jurors in the Maxwell Wyant murder trial saw graphic video of the murder scene. Monday, testimony resumed with a recorded interview of Wyant by police, conducted just after a February murder he's accused of committing in Brighton.

Defendant Maxwell Wyant appeared confused at times, weepy and emotional at others; and through it all, adamant that he shot and killed a former roommate in self-defense.

That was what jurors saw in a videotaped interview of Wyant by an investigator following the shooting death of CJ Schoen last February.

Prosecutors said Schoen had gone to the Brighton home that he once shared with Wyant to pick up some personal belongings. Wyant told police in the interview that Schoen had lunged at him, and that they struggled. Wyant then grabbed his shotgun and shot Schoen, once.

Wyant then told the investigator that Schoen was violent. "He threatened to kill me," said Wyant. "He threatened to damn my soul to hell."

He told police that he did not intend to shoot a second time. "My finger twitched," he said, saying that he saw something shiny in Schoen's hands.

Several times throughout, Wyant weeps, and tells the investigator, "I just want to go home."

Earlier in the day, testimony was heard from Steven Hartman, a roommate who told the court he was there when Wyant shot Schoen. He said that Schoen confronted Wyant about some missing items and a broken taillight on Schoen's car, which Hartman said he saw Wyant break.

Schoen told Wyatt that he was calling police. There was a brief, muffled phone call to 911 during which two shots can be heard, faintly.

Hartman said Wyant shot Schoen twice, and that the victim's back was turned. Hartman said he and Wyant then discussed briefly what he would say when he called 911.

911 center.
Hi, uh, 31, or 37 Hartfield Drive, we need an ambulance...
Someone tried breaking in, self-defense action and now he's unconscious.
That story of self-defense did not match up with Hartman's testimony. He admitted the self-defense tale was a lie.
Did you see anybody?
Not really, just my roommate, that was it.
Where's your roommate now?
Standing out over here with a shotgun.
What's his name?
Max?
What's his last name?
Wyant.
Does he own any weapons?
Steven?

I believe so.
During later portions of the 911 call, Wyant can be heard in the background.
You shot him?
He came at me!
While making those statement to police, Wyant also makes accusations of drug use several times, trying to discredit his victim had used bath salts on the day he was shot.

Hartman said he had never heard any argument between the two prior to that shooting.

Testimony in the trial will resume on Tuesday.

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