The trial of Matthew Hinrichsen took a surprising turn Thursday as Hinrichsen, himself, took the stand in his own defense.
Hinrichsen graphically recounted the events the night of the murders, near Ewing, Nebraska. He cried through his testimony as he described the actions he took against Alex and Victoria Vargas.
Earlier in the day, Hinrichsen's mother, Sharon, testified that Victoria was still living in the Hinrichsen residence until October 28th or 29th. That's a week after she married Alex Vargas.
When Hinrichsen found out, he said he went confront Alex Vargas and scare him, but did not know Victoria was at Alex's home until he arrived and saw her car outside.
He said most parts of the night are "blurry" in his memory. He believes he was drunk, but he remembers very well what he did, and tried to end his own life after committing the murders.
Hinrichsen also testified that he left the trailer home, and then went back, because he didn't believe what he had done. That's when, he says, he decided to burn the evidence. Hinrichsen said he "didn't want anyone else to have to see such a gruesome scene."
The prosecution will cross-examine Hinrichsen Friday morning.
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