Sumner Co. Dairy Farmer Sentenced On Murder Charges
GALLATIN, Tenn.- A local Sumner County dairy farmer spent the day in court after being accused of shooting his wife to death.
In November 2010, Kenneth Lame was charged with murdering his wife with an assault rifle. Lame claimed the shooting death of his wife, Wendy, was an accident. He said they were working on the farm when his AK-47 accidentally went off.
In court Friday, explosive testimony was shared. Family members on both sides of the case were speaking to each other, sometimes for the first time in years, from the witness stand.
Lame himself took the stand and explained to the jury how his gun accidentally went off. The Portland dairy farmer did face second-degree murder, but pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide for shooting his wife in the back on Father's Day 2010.
On Friday, Wendy's family spent most of the day explaining how their once perfect marriage, became rampant with abuse.
In the middle of it all the couple's now 19-year-old son Trey, who is battling depression and an eating disorder, said losing his mother and his father has destroyed him.
"I hate you and I love you. You took the best thing from me in my entire life. I'd rather anybody been taken from me than her," said Trey.
At times, during the trial the judge yelled at Lame, questioning holes in his story, including the abuse or his possible affair with another woman.
Lame was given the maximum sentence of two years in prison for shooting his wife