Leroy Fief, the 49-year-old Craig man who is currently on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo, wept while his wife gave an emotional testimony Monday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Mary Rose Fief was called to the stand as the prosecution's first witness of the day to testify about the events that took place on Dec. 9, 2012, which resulted in the death of Arredondo, with whom she admitted she had an affair.
Mary Rose Fief, who stands barely 5 feet tall, was reluctant to look at her husband when she was asked by the prosecutor to describe the defendant. She started shaking and crying after looking at Leroy Fief long enough to identify him.
The prosecution asked her to outline various events that took place before the night of the murder, including an evening when Leroy Fief gave her a black eye.
On the night he hit her, Mary Rose Fief said she had stayed the night with a friend and had returned home to find the garage door locked. She said Leroy Fief was waiting for her, and he punched her through the open car window. As a result, cuts and bruises formed around her eye, she said.
“He approached me and my car. He was yelling at me,” she said. “He was swearing.”
The prosecutor, District Attorney Brett Barkey, asked Mary Rose Fief why she hadn’t taken action.
“I thought it was my fault,” she said.
Leroy Fief rubbed his eyes and dropped his head into his hands while his wife spoke about the incident.
Then Barkey asked Mary Rose Fief about the night of the murder.
Mary Rose Fief testified that she and Arredondo were at their friend Josephine Alexander’s home, watching a boxing match. After it was over, and Alexander had put her young daughter to bed, Arredondo escorted Mary Rose Fief to her car. That’s when she saw Leroy Fief attack Arredondo.
“I thought he was just beating him up,” she said. “I thought he was just punching him. I told him to stop.”
Then, she said, “I saw the knife. (Leroy Fief) held it to my neck.”
The prosecution played the 911 call that Mary Rose Fief had made that night. She had been next to Arredondo, holding his hand to comfort him, she said.
According to the recorded 911 call, Mary Rose Fief said to Arredondo, “Honey are you OK? Please honey.”
Next, Leroy Fief’s muffled voice said, “I told you to stay away from my wife, didn’t I?”
Then Leroy Fief kicked Arredondo in the head, according to court testimony.
In the 911 call, Mary Rose Fief could be heard yelling to Leroy Fief, “No. No. Just kill me OK?”
Barkey asked Mary Rose Fief why she had said that.
“I just wanted him to stop hurting Shane (Arredondo),” she said.
Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.