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May 9, 2013 12:02 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Shooting survivor testifies against ex-boyfriend

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - A July 2012 shooting that left a DeSoto Parish woman blind in one eye is the subject of a trial unfolding this week in Mansfield.

KTBS TV reports that 25-year-old Cory Leone is charged with the attempted second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Breanna Pearce.

On Wednesday, Pearce tearfully testified that Leone shot her in the head as they drove home from to Zwolle from her birthday celebration in Shreveport. Leone shot himself in the head after shooting Pearce.

Pearce said Leone had become jealous after she talked to one of her male relatives and his friends at a Shreveport casino bar.

Pearce said Leone became so belligerent that a bouncer escorted him out of the bar.

Later, Pearce said, Leone produced a handgun as she was driving them home.

She testified that Leone threatened to kill her, that he fired a shot into the windshield as they were driving, then shot her.

Pearce said all she could hear was a "ringing sound" and Leone say, "Oh my God, I'm sorry" before shooting himself.

Pearce, still conscious, turned the truck around and attempted to drive to a nearby hospital in Mansfield, until she saw headlights behind her. She said she got out to try to flag down passing motorists.

A passing trucker called authorities.

Pearce was airlifted to LSU hospital in Shreveport and DeSoto EMS transported Leone also to LSU hospital.

Both survived injuries that authorities said were extensive and life-threatening.

Pearce was the first witness against Leone, who was also expected to take the stand. Defense attorney Dan Dyess didn't deny that his client shot Pearce, but he is arguing that the prosecution has picked the wrong charge against Leone. Because Leone was intoxicated at the time of the incident, Dyess says there was no intent and his client is only guilty of negligent injury.

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