PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The jury finished hearing opening arguments in the civil suit that Nathan Lee has brought against the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, but the trial started about an hour later than expected.

Attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defense came in to Judge Greider's courtroom twice to ask for time. Both times the judge give them 30 additional minutes. The attorneys spent that time in the hallway, obviously discussing something pretty seriously, they came back to the courtroom at 10 o'clock ready to start their opening statements. 

Lee's attorney told the jury about the now famous 911 call made by Jane Kowalski and how they believe it could have saved Denise Lee's life. The defense countered that this whole trial is about blame.

Nathan Lee took the stand Wednesday morning, to giving his testimony. He described what it was like the day his wife was murdered, and the impact it had on him and his family.

"I was in complete shock. I couldn't believe that I was hearing my wife was shot in the head. It's the most awful thing anyone can tell you," Nathan Lee struggled as he told jurors about the day he found out his wife, 21-year-old Denise Amber Lee was killed.

"It was absolutely awful. Worst moment of my life, ever."

Lee testified that it has been more difficult on their two children, Noah and Adam, who were 2 years old and 6 months old when Denise was murdered.


Testimony will continue throughout the week. Trust WINK News to bring you the latest.