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Coach Price speaks for first time since wife's murder

Police say a lone gunman shot and killed 31-year-old Amanda Price. Her husband, Ron Price, the New Albany High School football coach, was shot in the shoulder. Police say a lone gunman shot and killed 31-year-old Amanda Price. Her husband, Ron Price, the New Albany High School football coach, was shot in the shoulder.

(WMC-TV) – The cold blooded murder of a North Mississippi football coach's wife sent shock waves across the Mid-South and the nation.

Police say a lone gunman shot and killed 31-year-old Amanda Price. Her husband, Ron Price, the New Albany High School football coach, was shot in the shoulder.

For the first time, Coach Price is recounting the chilling events of that night.

Three-year-old Molly Addison was at home with her parents the night of December 5, the night a gunman shot and killed her Mom Amanda and wounded her father.

"When I got home that night, I was excited because Coach Freeze had gotten the job," said Ron Price.

Avid Ole Miss fans, the Price's were thrilled the Rebels named Hugh Freeze head football coach that day.

Ron was watching a replay of Freeze's news conference on a laptop in the bedroom.

The couple had JUST returned from Jackson.

"I was sitting right here… and Molly Addison was standing with her hand propped on my shoulder," he said. "Amanda had come into the bedroom. The mail had delivered my mom's Christmas present that day. She came in and had the Christmas present, came over and was so excited."

The Price's had a puppy named Dazzy that was jumping, trying to get on the bed.

Molly Addison usually accompanied her mother to take the dog out but this night, Amanda picked up the pup and headed for the backdoor alone.

"I was sitting here watching the video and instantly she started screaming at the top of her lungs," Price said. "It was a fearful scream and you knew something was different and something was wrong.

"As I came out of the bedroom here, I could see him through the back door. You know as a husband, you want to protect your family. My goal at that time was to do what I could to protect her. I feel like I didn't protect her, you know? I couldn't get there any sooner, any quicker."

Price went to the back of the house and, through the glass door, saw a man standing in the doorway and his wife backing away from him.

"I thought if I could take the door and ram it into him, you know, maybe I could knock him out of the house," he said. "When I got into the kitchen, I just jumped. When I did, he turned and that's when he shot me. He hit me here and I landed in the door."

The bullet traveled through the door and hit Ron Price who said he could still hear his wife screaming.

"I could hear her… and when I hit the ground, everything gets fuzzy at that point," he said. "I remember landing at his feet. He was standing over me, holding the gun with two hands."

Price said the gunman eventually backed out of the house and calmly walked away empty-handed.

"Amanda - I was trying to communicate with her and she was never, never responsive," he said. "At that point, I didn't know if he had knocked her out with a gun. I didn't know at that time she had been shot."

Price eventually gathered the strength to stand up and get the telephone. That's when he saw that his three-year-old daughter was safe and focused his attention on his wife.

Unfortunately, his wife never responded to his voice.

"I'd give the man anything in the world but my wife or daughter… and he took one of the two," Price said. "He didn't give us a chance to offer him anything."

Craig Baker was charged with capitol murder in the death of Amanda Price.

Police say he has a lengthy criminal record and was out on parole on burglary charges when the shootings happened.

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