Shannon Crawley testifies in her own defense

February 18, 2010 3:31:50 PM PST
Shannon Crawley took the stand at her murder trial Thursday.

She is charged with killing North Carolina Central University graduate student Denita Smith three years ago.

During her testimony she continued to point the finger, blaming Smith's fianc? for the shooting.

Crawley and Smith were involved in a love Triangle with Jermeir Stroud. Crawely said Stroud became controlling and erratic before the murder.

Crawley took the witness stand shortly after several witnesses were briefly recalled. Once sworn in, she told the jury how she met Storud, a Greensboro police officer, and how the relationship became sexual.

She also said she had no idea Stroud and Smith were in a relationship.

Crawley said she got pregnant, had an abortion and Stroud proposed to her but she turned him down. She said Stroud started calling her constantly, leaving her mean messages and even tried to chase her around Greensboro.

"We drove through Greensboro for at least 30, 45 minutes," Crawley testified. "He was right behind me, calling me nonstop, beeping the horn, running lights trying to keep up with me. When I got home and came down the driveway, I looked in the mirror and he was right behind my car again."

Crawley maintains Stroud took her to Durham, killed Smith and hid in her car. The prosecution argues Crawley killed Smith out of jealousy.

Jurors also heard a number of recorded phone conversations Crawley claims were between her and Stroud.

Crawley: No, you know I didn't do anything, you need to tell the truth.
Caller: Baby, I ain't going to jail.
Crawley: And I'm supposed to for something I didn't do?
Crawley: You're gonna kill me, too?
Caller: You keep talking, you know I will.

Stroud denies it's him in the calls.

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