THE partner of a dad shot dead in bed in a case of mistaken identity has denied witnessing the killing as she lay beside him, telling a jury she would have been gunned down herself if she had woken up.
Lee Gray, aged 32, died instantly after he was shot in the head at point-blank range while he slept with his partner, Keeley Jo Jones, and three-year-old son in the same bed.
Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard Martin Fieldhouse, 29, crept into Lee’s home on Greenwood Avenue, Worsbrough Dale, Barnsley, in the early hours, and blasted him in the head with a sawn-off shotgun, mistaking the victim for his own brother.
Keeley told the court she woke up to find the bed covered in blood at just before 7am on March 5 last year and initially thought Lee had suffered a brain haemorrhage, as he had been involved in a car accident the previous night.
“Something didn’t seem right but I wouldn’t have thought it was a gunshot, I couldn’t believe it,” said Keeley, 27.
Richard Mansell QC, prosecuting, said: “It’s been suggested that you may have been awake when this happened and know more about it than you’re letting on.”
But Keeley replied: “No – if I had have woken up I wouldn’t be here myself.”
The mum’s 999 call was played to the court, during which she cried hysterically and screamed to the operator ‘There’s blood everywhere’.
The jury heard Fieldhouse held a grudge against his older half-brother, Michael, who was staying with Lee, his friend, at the time of the killing.
He allegedly went to Greenwood Avenue thinking Lee would be out and pulled the trigger when he saw the figure of a man in bed, wrongly assuming he had caught his brother having an affair with Keeley.
Fieldhouse, of Derwent Crescent, Athersley South, denies murder. He claims his brother killed Lee over an £80,000 drugs debt.
Michael told the court he had ‘no respect’ for Martin, and said he was visiting a girlfriend when Lee died.
The trial continues.