Port Townsend: Slain man’s widow takes the witness stand in murder trial

The widow of a local man shot to death April 28 outside the Maple Grove Motel in Quilcene testified Tuesday that her life “wasn’t in danger” when Gary L. Middleton came to her aid and killed her husband.

Donna Knight, 48, who took the stand Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Middleton in Port Townsend, said she “wasn’t afraid” or “threatened” by her husband, Douglas A. Knight, the night he was shot to death in the motel parking lot.

Mrs. Knight had been staying at the motel on Maple Grove Road to avoid her husband, who had a history of domestic violence, court records show.

“I wasn’t afraid,” Mrs. Knight said during the second day of the jury trial. “I don’t remember him being threatening. I was irritated.”

Mrs. Knight’s assertions were bitterly contested by defense attorney Craddock Verser, who confronted her with a transcript of an interview she had previously with sheriff’s Detective Sherie Dills and an audio tape of the 9-1-1 call she made just prior to the shooting.

Mrs. Knight told detectives she was “paralyzed with fear” when her husband arrived at the motel and felt “as if she was being held hostage.”

And during the 9-1-1 call, she told dispatchers “my husband is harassing me . . . threatening me,” records show.

——————-

The rest of this story appears in the Wednesday Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County edition. Click on “Subscribe” to get the PDN delivered to your home or office.

More in News

Agnew man accused in homicides

Nine-month investigation leads to added allegations

Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News

Martha Worthley, of Mim and Poppy Design, shows a tablecloth she designed to Alisa Martin and daughter Etta-Pearl, during the Port Townsend Arts Guild Arts and Crafts Fair on Friday at the Port Townsend Community Center in the Uptown neighborhood. The fair continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Port Townsend Arts Guild Arts and Crafts Fair ongoing

Martha Worthley, of Mim and Poppy Design, shows a tablecloth she designed… Continue reading

Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News
Braving cold steady rain and the early hour of eight Black Friday shoppers were out in force Friday looking for those early holiday bargains. Swain's General Store in Port Angeles was no exception as scores of early risers came out of the cold and rain to shop there.
Black Friday shoppers in Port Angeles

Braving cold steady rain and the early hour of eight Black Friday… Continue reading

Dancer Keely Whitmore leads second graders in teacher Sharon Fritschler's class at Roosevelt Elementary in exercises that integrate movement and a science lesson about geology as part of Peninsula Performs, a collaboration between Field Arts & Events Hall and the Port Angeles School District that brings artist educators into classrooms. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)
Artists bring creative touch to schools

Field Hall, school district collaborate on new program

Port of Port Townsend OKs project for Boat Haven

Commissioners also discuss Boat Haven jetty, Short Farm purchase

tsr
Golf at Sunland now open to public

CH Investment Fund purchases formerly private Sequim course

Most Read