Northport woman says fatal shooting of ex-husband in 2012 was self defense

Tracey Grissom

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman charged with murder in her ex-husband's shooting says she was afraid and fired in self-defense. Tracey Grissom of Northport testified Tuesday that Hunter Grissom made an obscene gesture at her and began coming toward her vehicle at a boat landing on Lake Tuscaloosa in 2012. The 32-year-old Grissom says didn't know what else to do except defend herself. Prosecutors describe the woman as a cold-blooded killer who shot the man four times. They contend she was after more than $100,000 in life insurance. Grissom says she was afraid of estranged husband and once lived in a safe house to protect herself from him. The defense says the man had beat and sexually assaulted the woman, and she was still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.