Patrick Elliott's murder trial postponed

A Tippecanoe County man accused of killing his wife and recording her death won't see a jury until 2019.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 4:44 PM

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind (WLFI) — Patrick Elliott, 51, won't see a jury trial until March. 

His trial was expected to start on Monday but has been postponed until March 15. 

Prosecutors believe Elliott shot his wife Donita inside their home on 500 South.

Elliott initially claimed self defense but his cell phone recording of the incident suggests a different story.

Elliott wrote a letter explaining his decision to shoot his wife to his church congregation.

Elliott is charged with murder and two counts of false informing. Prosecutors also filed a use of firearm enhancement.

According to court documents, her husband Patrick Elliott was at the scene. He told a deputy that he shot Donita after she came at him with a knife. He said he was in fear of his life and shot her in self-defense.

Prosecutors say a forensic examination was conducted on a cellphone in the home. They say the phone contained a recording of the shooting, including conversations between Donita and Patrick, both before and after the shooting.

Court documents state Donita asked Patrick for help after being shot but he refused and indicated he would help her after watching her die.

Investigators spoke with Patrick Elliott again on Aug. 14. After initially repeating his claim about shooting her in self-defense, investigators confronted him with the recording.

Prosecutors say that's when he admitted his earlier statements were untrue. They say he admitted she did not have a knife and he planted the knife. He also confessed to making up the story about shooting her in self-defense.

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