TOWSON, Md. (WMAR) - The woman accused of arranging her husband's murder took the stand today in her own defense.
Karla Porter is on trial after prosecutors say she hired a hit man at the Towson Hess gas station he owned in 2010.
Porter spoke in a mild, soft voice as she described how time after time she was abused and threatened by her husband, William "Ray" Porter.
In one incident, she says he beat her with a 2x4 piece of wood. She described that when she refused to beat her son with a belt that Ray would beat her with it.
In another example, Porter told the jury that Ray smeared feces on her -- an incident that she admits is engrained in her mind.
She said that Ray often called her fat and made derogatory comments about her appearance.
The state argued that Porter did not reveal each of the incidents of abuse to her doctor but brought them up in court.
Porter said that the abuse got so bad that she had no choice but to have her husband killed.
Prosecutors said Porter never reported any of the threats or abuse to police.
Porter's daughter took the stand on Thursday.
She explained to the jury that that her father, Ray, often yelled and said degrading things to her mom but never saw her being beaten.
In a video confession around the time of the murder, Porter's daughter told police that she helped her mother find someone to kill her father at one point. But she denied those actions in court. After further questioning, Porter's daughter began pleading the fifth amendment.
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