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Brenda Kerrigan Tearfully Recounts Night Husband Died

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Brenda Kerrigan testifies at her son Mark's trial, May 18, 2011.

Brenda Kerrigan testifies at her son Mark’s trial, May 18, 2011.

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WOBURN (CBS/AP) – Nancy Kerrigan’s mother took the witness stand and broke down in tears at her son’s manslaughter trial Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Kerrigan is charged with manslaughter in the death of his father, 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan.

WBZ Newsradio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Brenda Kerrigan, who said Wednesday would have been her 48th wedding anniversary, was the only witness to the fight between Mark and Daniel Kerrigan the night Daniel Kerrigan died in their Stoneham home.

She told the court that her husband was unusually tired, and complained that his neck hurt hours before he died.

She then broke down in tears as she recounted the fight.

“Then Danny fell, just went Boom!” she told the court, pausing to compose herself during the emotional testimony.

“He fell down just like a feather coming right out of the sky.”

The judge then called for a recess and ended testimony for the day.

Brenda Kerrigan is expected back on the stand Thursday.

Watch: Brenda Kerrigan testifies about the fight


Prosecutors finished presenting their case Wednesday morning, the third day of testimony.

The final prosecution witness was the chief medical examiner of Massachusetts.

Dr. Henry Nields said he believes Daniel Kerrigan’s fatal cardiac dysrhythmia — a loss or interruption of a normal heartbeat — was brought on by the altercation with his son.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports.

However, during cross-examination by Mark Kerrigan’s lawyers, Nields acknowledged that because Daniel Kerrigan had severe blockage of his coronary arteries, the emotional stress alone of arguing with his son could have caused his heart to fail.

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