Former firefighter says shooting death was an accident - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former firefighter says shooting death was an accident in confession

Frank Graham (Source: Southaven Police) Frank Graham (Source: Southaven Police)

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Action News 5 has obtained a confession in the murder trial of a former Memphis firefighter, accused of murdering his ex-fiance.

Judge Chris Craft denied a request by former firefighter Frank Graham's attorneys to keep the confession out of court.

Graham is on trial for killing his ex-fiance, nurse Taffi Crawford, in her Delta Medical Center parking lot.  In the confession, detectives questioned Graham about the February 12, 2010 shooting.

They asked, "Are you the person responsible?"  Graham said it was all an accident.

Graham said that day, he borrowed his neighbor's white Ford Taurus, "to be inconspicuous, she wouldn't know his car."

Graham said he was trying to catch her cheating with a fellow firefighter.  Loved ones will testify this week that Crawford had already broken up with Graham.

Graham then confessed he went to IHOP because he heard Crawford and the fellow firefighter were meeting there.  He told detectives he did not see them, so he drove to Delta and saw the other firefighter leaving.

Graham said he "jumped out on her" and said, "I caught your (expletive)."

He claimed Crawford tripped and "the gun went off as I was getting out of the car."

Graham said he shot twice as Crawford said, "Frank, no."

In court this week, witnesses will testify that Graham shot once, then pointed the gun at Crawford on the ground and shot two more times.

In Graham's confession, he said, "This was really an accident.  I didn't mean to shoot her.  I love her too much to hurt her.  I only wanted to scare her."

Graham told detectives that as he went home scared, he threw his jacket out of the passenger window, changed out of his jeans, and police were at his door within 15 minutes.

Graham signed the confession on February 12, 2010.

The prosecution presented their witnesses Wednesday.  The defense will present their witnesses Thursday.

The trial is expected to run the whole week.

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