Suspect in Minot murder takes the stand in her own defense

MINOT, N.D. - A woman accused of fatally shooting a man in Minot last year took the stand in her own defense Tuesday.

Kommika Gregory, 39, faces a murder charge in the death of Ronald Thompson last November.

Gregory admits she shot Thompson three times, but testified Tuesday that she acted in self-defense.

She said she was scared for her own life.

“Why did you decide to go back over?” asked her attorney Steven Mottinger.

“Because I still had a feeling of I was going to be killed. I was threatened. I didn't want that to happen. I didn't know what was going on. I wanted to find out what was going on,” said Gregory.

Gregory wasn't the only person who took the stand Tuesday.

Minot Police Detective David Goodman also testified. A recording between Detective Goodman and Gregory references pre-recorded audio where Gregory says she overheard a conversation where her life was threatened.

Police were unable to obtain the audio Gregory had referenced.

Jurors also heard from Gregory’s friend who she was with pin the evening before the shooting, as well as the victim’s son.

The attorneys will give their closing arguments Wednesday.

The case could go to the jury as early as Wednesday afternoon.