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Man on trial for shooting wife's lover takes stand
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Tampa, Florida -- Ralph Wald says he believed his wife was being raped and that's why he shot her lover Walter Conley.

Wald, 70, took the stand in his own defense this morning. Neither side is disputing that Wald shot and killed Walter Conley, 32, last March. But this trial hinges on why.

Wald told jurors he woke up around midnight, heard a noise and then saw a man on top of his wife having sex.

"You know I shot him, because he was forcing himself on my wife and, as far as I knew, when he was done with her he was going to kill me," Wald told jurors.

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However, prosecutors implied that Wald, a lawyer, came up with this rape defense after he'd been arrested.

Lawyers will present closing arguments Thursday afternoon and the case is expected to go to the jury today.

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