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Ex-FBI special agent to testify in his own murder trial

Edward Preciado-Nuno claims self defense in trading hammer blows with son’s girlfriend

Edward Preciado-Nuno

Steve Marcus

Edward Preciado-Nuno is shown during a break in his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center Thursday, December 16, 2010. Preciado-Nuno, a retired FBI special agent, is accused of killing his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long. Preciado-Nuno says he was attacked by the girlfriend and killed her in self-defense.

Edward Preciado-Nuno

Edward Preciado-Nuno looks over paperwork during a break in his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center Thursday, December 16, 2010. Preciado-Nuno, a retired FBI special agent, is accused of killing his son's girlfriend Kimberly Long. Preciado-Nuno says he was attacked by the girlfriend and killed her in self-defense. Launch slideshow »

A retired FBI special agent who admits he repeatedly hit his son's girlfriend with a hammer two years ago in a Las Vegas home is expected to tell his side of the story Friday at his murder trial in Clark County District Court.

Edward Preciado-Nuno, 63, is expected to testify that the bloody slaying was in self defense after Kimberly Long, 31, began striking him with a hammer and knocking him to the floor of the garage.

Preciado-Nuno has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder with a deadly weapon.

The hammer fight began during the morning of Nov. 13, 2008, at the home at 8790 Ashley Park Ave., which Long share with Preciado-Nuno's son, Jeffrey.

Jeffrey Preciado-Nuno, who testified Thursday, was among 12 witnesses that defense attorney Tom Pitaro brought in so far in the trial, which is in its second week.

Prosecutors rested their case on Wednesday.

They contend that Long's multiple injuries to her face, skull and body show that the ex-FBI agent and former Marine went beyond doing what was necessary to defend himself.

The defense has said that Preciado-Nuno had come to Las Vegas from his California home to help his son get out of a "toxic" relationship with Long, who they said had a history of violence.

A few days before her death, she had hit Jeffrey Preciado-Nuno in the face, breaking his nose, the defense said.

Preciado-Nuno testified at his preliminary hearing that Long became angry and came after him with a hammer when he showed her a voluntary statement his son was going to take down to the police about his injuries to have her evicted from the home.

District Judge Donald Mosley has told jurors that he had hoped the trial could be finished by the end of the day Friday.

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