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A 75-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — A 75-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use.

Jimmy L. Thrasher entered his plea Tuesday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. His attorney told the judge that Thrasher decided to plead no contest since he's unable to recall the events that led to the death of his ex-wife, 74-year-old Grace Thrasher, at their Texas Township home on May 4 because he was intoxicated at the time.

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such during sentencing.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1JgGw4g ) reports Thrasher told investigators that he and his ex-wife tussled over a shotgun and it accidentally went off.

Thrasher is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 16.


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

PHOTO: In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, Chris Thrasher right, reacts as his father Jimmy Leon Trasher, 75, accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home in May 2015, pleads no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use during a hearing in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, Chris Thrasher right, reacts as his father Jimmy Leon Trasher, 75, accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home in May 2015, pleads no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use during a hearing in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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PHOTO: In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, Chris Thrasher right, reacts as his father Jimmy Leon Trasher, 75, accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home in May 2015, pleads no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use during a hearing in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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