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The mother of former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers was on hand today in a Nampa, Idaho courtroom to testify at a preliminary hearing for her husband, James Malec, who is being charged with the second-degree murder of Eilers.
According to a report from The Idaho Statesman, Gwen Moore, frequently wiping away tears, confessed to witnessing her son being shot by Malec after a domestic argument during a family gathering on Christmas Day:
She said her 30-year-old son was yelling and angry during a family gathering on Christmas night and had swept dishes and other items off her Nampa home‚s breakfast bar, breaking them. She said she had pushed her son away from the kitchen and thought he was going to go outside, so she turned to go back to washing dishes with her husband.
“As soon as I stepped aside from (Justin) I heard a shot from behind me,” Moore said. “I felt something go past my ear.” She said her son took a couple of steps into the living room after the shot. “He had a surprised look on his face and he said, ‘I’m dead, I’m dead. I love you mom.’ And then he fell.”
The article also quotes district magistrate Gregory Frates as stating that the case brings forth enough evidence that Malec’s case can be tried in district court. His arraignment on the charge is currently set for January 30.
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