Sacto 9-1-1
April 6, 2011
Murder trial underway in 2009 killing in Elk Grove

J.Dalton.jpgThe murder trial of Jennifer Dalton - accused of killing her ex-husband in 2009 - is underway after attorneys gave their opening statements this morning.

Dalton faces a murder charge in the July 2009 shooting death of Craig Dalton, 39, at Jennifer Dalton's Elk Grove home.

Before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley, Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore argued in his opening statements that Jennifer Dalton, angry over a failed marriage and financial woes, had been planning the shooting for months.

He told jurors that witnesses will testify about statements the defendant made to friends and family about killing her ex-husband and his children. He also said he would introduce evidence that Jennifer Dalton, left, spoke of buying ammunition from Walmart days before the shooting.

Jennifer Dalton's defense attorney, Linda Parisi, argued that the shooting was not planned, that Dalton was moving on with her life at the time and that the alleged threats were not taken seriously by those who heard them.

She told the jury that neighbors heard sounds of a struggle just before gunshots rang out, and said her client acted in self defense.

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