Garner testified that his behavior didn’t scare her because she often saw him carry guns outside, but she was confused about his behavior.
The defense attorney also questioned Garner about her and Thompson’s alcohol and prescription drug abuse. He asked many questions about her texts to Thompson throughout the day, asking her if she remembered Thompson telling her not to come home that night, but Garner said she couldn’t remember.
When Garner and Maisano went into the home, Thompson was apologetic and since the girls had been swimming, they went to change out of their bathing suits. Afterward, Thompson called Garner into their bedroom. Garner said he was upset because she got home so late.
The argument escalated, with Thompson getting physical and breaking Garner’s necklace in the process, Garner testified. After that, she remembered Maisano making a comment along the lines of “What kind of man are you to put your hands on a woman,” Garner said.
The next thing she remembered was her and Maisano on their knees while Thompson repeatedly struck her in the face with his shotgun. Garner suffered a skull fracture, multiple fractures to the face, a broken jaw, lacerations and traumatic brain injury during the assault.
“Steven brought the shotgun up over his head and brought it down on my face. I would fall down and get back up, fall down and get back up,” Garner said.
At some point, Garner said she remembered Maisano putting her arm over her while Thompson was striking her in the face with the shotgun and Maisano telling Thompson, “OK, she’s had enough.”
“He grabbed her by her hair and struck her in the face with his hand,” Garner said. “I said, ‘No, don’t touch her.’”
That is the only time Garner can recall Thompson striking Maisano before she lost consciousness.