The man charged with murdering six hunters last fall in Wisconsin testified Thursday that he opened fired because he feared for his life, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was scared, I was confused, and I wish that this was not happening,” said Chai Soua Vang. “I did what I had to do to defense myself. I did what I had to do to stay alive.”
When Vang finished his 2 1/2 hours on the witness stand, the widows, children and siblings of his victims filed out quietly, some crying and looking dazed. A jury is expected to begin considering the fate of the native of Laos after closing arguments today. The 36-year-old father of seven, from St. Paul, Minn., faces six life terms plus 225 years if convicted of charges stemming from his attack on a group of friends and relatives who had gathered to hunt on private land on the second day of Wisconsin’s 2004 gun deer season. Vang acknowledged in his testimony that nearly all of his victims were unarmed when he shot them.