VISTA (CNS) - Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the trial of a paroled rapist accused of fatally shooting his wife in front of her two young children in Oceanside as the family prepared to go to church.
Dontaye Henderson, 29, is charged with murder in the Jan. 1, 2011, death of Tamara Henderson.
The defendant was on parole for a 2003 conviction for raping his former spouse when he allegedly shot his 25-year-old wife in the chest.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said in his opening statement that the defendant shot his wife once in the chest as her 6-year-old daughter and their 1-year-old son watched, then called 911 but fled before authorities arrived. He was captured three days later in St. Louis.
The two children were sitting by the family's Christmas tree when authorities arrived at the family's home.
Watanabe said the main issue in the murder trial would be determining Henderson's intent when his wife was killed.
"This is a case about power and control," Watanabe said.
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