Originally created 10/12/03

On trial, man says he 'just snapped'



MACON, Ga. - A man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend by running over her with a car and shooting her in the head says he snapped when the woman told him their three children referred to her new boyfriend as "Daddy."

Garey Bernard Kinder, 32, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murder in the March 6, 2002, death of Felicia Lucas, 26. Testimony in his trial resumed Saturday.

Ms. Lucas had been on the phone with Mr. Kinder a few minutes before the incident.

"I just snapped when she started talking about my kids," Mr. Kinder told a Bibb County jury Friday. "She told me that she had the kids calling (her new boyfriend) daddy ... I couldn't take it."

During cross-examination, prosecutor Howard Simms questioned how Mr. Kinder could say he loved his children and at the same time kill their mother.

"What made you decide your rights as a father were more important than your children's right to have a mama?" Mr. Simms asked. "When did you get to make that decision for all of them? How is that a loving way to be?"

Mr. Kinder said that after the phone call he drove through a stop sign near Ms. Lucas' house, saw her in the front yard and ran into her. He said he got out and fired several shots.

Family members said Ms. Lucas and Mr. Kinder had an on-and-off relationship for about 12 years that was sometimes violent.

Ms. Lucas' death was especially difficult for her mother, Brenda Jacobs. In 1994, Ms. Jacobs' 22-year-old son, Charles Fountain, was shot to death in Macon.