BANGOR – The murder trial of 32 year old Christopher Saenz continues– day 3 revealing that he had used drugs just before his wife’s death on Christmas Day 2013.
This morning prosecutors played a recorded video from December 26th, 2013 — where Saenz is walking former Maine State Police Detective Warren Fernald through his apartment, and is asked to reenact the day’s events.
Saenz tells Fernald that he had injected himself with the an opioid substitute Subutex, just before his wife passed out.
Prosecutors say Saenz beat his wife to death in their apartment on Christmas Day while their 12 year old and 8 year old children were home.
Saenz tells Fernald in the recording that his wife, Hilary, fell down and hit her head on the way to shower.
In the video Saenz becomes emotional as he recounts trying to wake Hilary unsuccessfully.
Saenz tells the detective that he was afraid to call 9-1-1 right away because they had gotten into a physical argument a few days earlier and she had a black eye as a result.
Upon examination of the home, detectives found needles and cotton balls.
Saenz told them he had used Subutex just before his wife collapsed, so that he wouldn’t feel Dope Sick.
Medical experts will testify for both sides regrading whether or not Hilary died as a result of a beating or from the defense’s argument of traumatic brain injury.