Slovakian model on trial for killing British millionaire

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Posted: May 23, 2016 10:44 AM

MALAGA, Spain (AP) — A Slovakian model on trial in the fatal shooting of her British millionaire ex-boyfriend tearfully testified Monday that he pulled out a pistol and it went off while they struggled for it.

Prosecutors say Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush three times at his home in the southern beach resort of Estepona on April 5, 2014, and are seeking to have her imprisoned for 20 years.

Kukucova, 26, testified she didn't know how many shots were fired because the first one was so loud that she went temporarily deaf, hearing nothing just after it.

"I didn't want to cause him any harm," Kukucova said, sniffling and trying to hold back tears. "The gun just went off. I just wanted to break free from his grasp."

Her jury trial in Malaga started Monday and is expected to last at least three days.

Bush was 48 and owned a jewelry store in Britain before moving to Spain.

The two broke up about a month before the killing, and Kukucova testified she spent two days alone inside his house before he arrived with a Russian girlfriend, Maria Korotaeva.

Bush told Korotaeva to go outside the home after finding Kukucova there, and he and Kukucova started fighting, the suspect testified.

She said he pointed the gun at her and that it went off during their struggle.

Bush's sister and niece were present in the courtroom, as well as Kukucova's parents, and Korotaeva.

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Alan Clendenning reported from Madrid.

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This story has been corrected to show that the suspect's first name is Maria, not Mayka.