GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– On Thursday, jurors in the murder trial of Tom Fallis heard the 911 call he made the night his wife died.
Fallis, a former Weld County Sheriff’s deputy, is accused of murdering his 28-year-old wife after a New Year’s Eve party in 2012. Ashley Fallis’ death was first ruled a suicide, but the case was reopened two years later.
Fallis broke down in tears in court as the 911 call was played and he could be heard telling police his wife had shot herself.
Jurors also watched the interview of Fallis talking with investigators shortly after the deadly shooting in which he told Evans Police Detective Rita Wolf he had been in a closet changing when Ashley got her gun.
“I heard her gun cock and before I could finish the sentence… there was smoke. I heard it and then just smoke. I ran over and grabbed her head and I grabbed her phone, I told 911 my address and that my wife shot herself,” said Fallis in the police interview.
Ashley’s friend and neighbor Flora Roth said six months earlier Ashley planned to leave Tom and said he sometimes pushed her around. After Ashley’s death was ruled a suicide, Roth went back to Wolf who had been lead detective in the case.
“Why did you go back to the police station?” asked the attorney.
“Because I didn’t believe Ashley would kill herself,” said Roth.