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Gun Was Pointed at My Face, Accused Killer Says

Trial of Hopatcong man accused of shooting friend to death continues.

As the murder trial of Giuseppe Tedesco continued this week, Tedesco told jurors and a prosecutor that the gun used to shoot Alyssa Ruggieri six times to death was, at one point, pointed at his own face.

Tedesco described the series of events leading up to the shooting in a Newton courthouse on Wednesday. According to NJ.com, he told Sussex County Prosecutor Seanna Pappas that Ruggieri had left him several brief text messages before he visited her home, in Hopatcong, and a physical dispute ensued.

Tedesco is on trial for the murder of Ruggieri inside her Durban Avenue home. Ruggieri was shot six times on March 27, 2010, including in the abdomen, chest, hand, chin, nose and temple. A .25-caliber handgun, which was allegedly used in the shooting, was found covered in blood in Tedesco's car the night of the shooting.

Pappas has said during prior court appearances that Tedesco went to Ruggieri's home to confront her for not going out with him to celebrate his birthday. Tedesco told Superior Court Judge Peter Conforti Wednesday that Ruggieri said despite not celebrating Tedesco's birthday with him that night, the two would get togther soon. After he arrived at the home, Tedesco said a series of strange events occurred, including when he said the gun was pointed at his face, and he turned the gun on Ruggieri and shot her in self defense, according to NJ.com.

Roseanne Marie S. December 21, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I tried to watch the live feed of his testimony online. I made it through 20 minutes and I got sick to my stomach. Instead of sitting in court watching this man matter of factly describe her murder like it was her fault, they could have been celebrating a milestone with Alyssa like a job promotion, or getting ready for the holidays. I wish someone could tell me on what alternate universe could the strange series of events, as he put it, have been remotely possible. There is not a day that passes that I don't think about Alyssa and the parents left behind in the wake of this tragedy. I just want them to know that even after this trial is over, Alyssa will be remembered for all the love and light she brought into this world.
MizzFranco32 December 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I'm sorry, but I am having a really hard time trying to swallow all of this...Wasn't the gun his?...Didn't he bring the gun to her home?...So how did this young woman overpower this muscular guy to gain control of the gun and point it at him?...If the gun was in fact pointed at him, why didn't he just throw the gun off to the side when he apparently took it away instead of shooting her 6 times?....Something really stinks here....
Joanne Flexser December 23, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Went to court to show support for Alyssa's family on Thursday of the week before last. My heart goes out to the family. So heart-breaking to see her parents and grandparents and brother having to sit and listen to this re-enactment of the crime. I was not able to speak to them, too choked up. Want all of you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Alyssa will always be a sweet, intelligent, hardworking young woman, in my memory. I know that there are many others who, also, pray for all of you daily. Much love to Alyssa's family and friends.

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