BENTON - The murder trial of Billy Greer got underway today in the Marshall County Circuit Courtroom with Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust presiding. Greer is accused of murder in the Jan. 4 shooting of 32 year-old Darryl Domingue at his Griggstown residence.
Following jury selection Tuesday morning, both the prosecution and defense made opening statements.
Taking the stand today was the victim’s wife of six and a half years, Carrie Domingue.
Under examination from the Commonwealth, she testified that while she and Domingue were married, they had been separated for several weeks prior to the incident.
Mrs. Domingue said she first met Billy Greer on Jan. 2 at the Kounty Kastle in Paducah. She stated she had been there that night and had left with a man named Scott Wolf, whom she had just met. She said it was Mr. Wolf who decided to go to Greer’s residence. She stated that after arriving at the residence, the three sat in the garage “having drinks,” and said that after some time, Wolfe left without letting her know.
Dominhue said at that time, she opted to stay the night at Greer’s residence, saying the two were “too intoxicated” to be driving.
When asked if her stay at Greer’s home was plutonic in nature, Mrs. Domingue answered “yes,” stating to the court that while she slept in Mr. Greer’s bed, nothing had happened. She did however say that during the night Mr. Greer did make advances toward her, including attempting to get in the bed beside her.
The next morning Mrs. Domingue says she was able to make contact with her husband who came to Greer’s residence to get her. She said they spent the rest of the afternoon and evening talking things out, but said she would not consider that to mean the two had “reconciled.”
Realizing she had left personal effects behind, Domingue testified that she contacted Wolfe who said he would deliver her belongings to Greer’s residence.
On January 4, Domingue took his wife to retrieve her items.
She described for the court pulling into the driveway and the atmosphere being “hospitable,” between herself, her husband and Greer. Mrs. Domingue said she and her husband got out at the residence and proceeded to go back into the garage where she had been just two nights before.
Mrs. Domingue testified that things were going fine for several hours until she stepped out of the garage to use the restroom inside the house. “As I was walking out the door, I heard Mr. Greer say, ‘Look what you’ve done.”
After spending what she recollected as not being more than two minutes in the house, Mrs. Domingue says she came back into the garage to find the two men “on the floor.” She said she began telling her husband, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.”
She says she began walking at what she described as “a face pace” to the garage door, looking to see if her husband was following behind. Mrs. Domingue said when she saw her husband also heading toward the door, “I took off running.”
She then recalled running to the vehicle parked outside the garage and getting in the driver’s seat, starting the vehicle and putting it in reverse. “I could see Darryl coming toward me fast and Greer was behind him,” she said.
Beginning to show signs of emotion, she continued recalling the events of that day by saying her husband made it to the front of the vehicle on the driver’s side when he realized she was in the driver’s seat. “He saw me and turned to go to the passenger side and that’s when he got shot the first time,” she told the court.
“When he got hit with the bullet, he looked right at me and started limping, I jumped out of the truck to go help him and it (the truck) started rolling toward the street.”
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship asked the witness what she saw next. “I saw him get shot again,” she testified tearfully.
“Was he faced down?” Blankenship asked. “Yes,” she replied. “Did you roll him over?” “Yes,” she replied.
After a short cross examination by defense counsel James Burkeen, mostly focused on pinpointing a timeline, Marshall County Lieutenant Detective Matt Hilbrecht took the stand playing for the court Mr. Greer’s recorded statement taken the afternoon of the incident.
Hilbrecht told the court that while Greer did admit to shooting Domingue twice, he stated the defendant’s story changed several times as to the rest of the details surrounding the incident.
Hilbrecht told the court Greer changed his story as to who actually went for the gun first, and also made contradicting statements as to whether or not Domingue had provoked the fight by “threatening to douse his garage with gasoline and burn the (expletive) down.”
Hilbrecht said while Greer first made the last assertion the day of the murder, he failed to mention anything about the gas can in a subsequent interview, even after being prompted to mention its location in the garage.
In playing the recorded interview with Greer, which was conducted at the scene, Greer stated to Hilbrect that he and Mrs. Domingue did in fact meet just a short time earlier at the Kountry Kastle in Paducah, however, he asserts that their relationship that night did become intimate in nature.
“She told me she wasn’t married,” Greer said in his statement. He claims Mrs. Domingue approached him at the establishment and asked for a ride home. Greer says he obliged and the two went back to his residence where they spent the night.
Greer’s statement matched that of Mrs. Domingue’s in that she contacted him later to ask if she could retrieve her belongings that she left behind, only he never made mention of the third party, Mr. Wolfe.
Upon the Domingue’s arrival to Greer’s home on Jan. 4th, Greer stated, similar to Mrs. Domingue, that the three were cordial and proceeded to “drink heavily” in the garage area of the residence.
“She didn’t want him to know she had stayed the night with me,” Greer said of Mrs. Domingue.
“He (Mr. Domingue) got to drinking and drinking a whole lot,” he said in his statement. It was at that time Greer says Domingue made a comment in his garage about becoming physically abusive (expletives omitted) with his wife if she were to make him mad.
Greer said he advised Mr. Domingue, “You don’t hit a woman around me.” It was at that time Greer contends the argument between the two men began. He maintained that after telling Domingue he would not allow him to hit his wife, also making the statement, “I would take good care of her,” Domingue threated physical violence against him.
Greer countered and the two men began to scuffle. Greer maintains Mrs. Domingue was present the entire time.
He told Hilbrecht “He beat the hell out of me.” Noting he had a shotgun nearby in an ATV, he stated at some point in the struggle, Domingue had the gun. “I took it away from him and shot him with it. He was going to shoot me with my own gun.”
Photos were shown to the jury depicting the wounds suffered by Greer, visible lacerations to his face, head and neck.
The jury also heard the emotional 9-1-1 call made by a frantic Mrs. Domingue. She could be heard screaming for help, telling Greer “Don’t you touch him, Get off of him,” and then pleading with dispatchers, “Help me save my husband, tell me how to save him.”
The day of testimony ended with the Commonwealth saying they intend to call the lead detective in the case, Dan Melone, to the stand first thing Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
The trial is scheduled to last through Thursday.