In often rambling and sometimes incoherent testimony, Timothy Bazile admitted to a Baton Rouge jury Thursday that the two bullets recovered from his deceased wife’s body came from the revolver he fired inside their Pamela Drive home on June 14, 2010, but said he blacked out and has no recollection of shooting her.
Bazile apologized to the family of Kendra Hilliard “Tricee” Bazile, 39; told the East Baton Rouge Parish jury to do whatever it must do; and insisted he loves and misses his wife every day.
Bazile, 46, said he fired his revolver in self-defense and out of fear after his son, Montrelle Bazile, burst into the couple’s bedroom with a gun. He said he cannot remember if his son fired at him.
Timothy Bazile is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. The latter charge accuses him of shooting at the son, now 27, who testified earlier in the week that he did not see his mother get shot but saw his father with a gun. Montrelle Bazile denied having a gun in the house that night.
Timothy Bazile’s 15-year-old daughter, the prosecution’s final rebuttal witness, testified Thursday and pointed across state District Judge Mike Erwin’s courtroom at her father, saying, “He killed my momma!”
The girl said her father came home late that night drunk and started arguing with her mother. Kendra Bazile was fixing the girl’s hair in the master bedroom when her father, with gun in hand, kicked her out of the room and called her a bitch, she testified.
That’s when an unarmed Montrelle Bazile went into that bedroom to defend his sister, she added.
“I heard a lot of shots,” the girl said calmly, acknowledging that she did not see her father fire his gun.
Also Thursday, the jury watched a videotape of Montrelle Bazile’s police statement, in which he says his father often came home drunk.
Baton Rouge police Sgt. Ross Williams, one of the detectives who interviewed the son, testified Thursday there was no evidence indicating a second gun was involved in the shooting.
Timothy Bazile accused his son of not telling the truth. The father also testified his son was armed when he burst into the master bedroom after his father told him to leave the house for bringing marijuana into their home. Bazile said his son refused to leave the home.
“I got scared. I just started shootin’,” he said from the witness stand.
Bazile said the next thing he remembers was police officers waking him up “from a damn dream.”
“What you keep calling the ‘incident,’ I call murder,” prosecutor David deBlieux said to Bazile. “You weren’t scared. You were mad.”
Bazile’s attorney, Jarvis Antwine, tried his best to slow down and calm down his client while he testified.
“Tim! Tim! Please! I need you to be quiet!” Antwine said at one point while Bazile was giving a rambling answer.
Bazile faces an automatic sentence of life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
The jury will deliberate the case Friday after the prosecution and defense give their closing arguments.