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BOZEMAN - Diana Arnold, the woman who allegedly shot her former tenant twice, was first to take the witness stand on Tuesday to tell her account of what happened on that May day last year.

"He was squeezing and twisting my hand and he jerked me around," said Arnold.

During the four hours of questioning, Arnold got down on the floor and physically explained what happened inside the McDunn's home when Dave saw her.

"He head butted me and pushed me back and punched me a couple times," said Arnold. "He opened the door and I was standing there. He started saying "what are you doing here? Then he started I think calling me names and screaming and all and I said all I want to do is leave."

She said he kicked her and pinned her up against the wall.

"He was mad, he was still yelling at me. His head was in the middle of my back. He started kind of pulling himself up and I could feel pressure on my left side," said Arnold.

The defense council argued Arnold suffered a traumatic brain injury from an accident when she was hit by a semi in 1999. Arnold said she only remembers certain things.

"You remember everything in regards to Mr. McDunn that might help your case, but all the details that might hurt your case you seem to have forgotten," said Marty Lambert, County Attorney.

"I don't remember what I've forgotten," said Arnold.

When the prosecution cross examined Arnold, Marty Lambert questioned Arnold as to why she remembered everything before McDunn allegedly assaulted her, but nothing before or after.

"I think I remember the whole episode with Dave because that was the first time I was having someone else talking to me, um like attacking me, screaming at me," said Arnold.

He also questioned her as to why her gun was in the McDunn's home.

"It was my gun in the duffle that I carry when I go out in the woods," said Arnold. "The only thing I can think of for some reason I set it there."

Arnold also added the shooting was not something she remember planning or consciously planned.

The trial will continue on Wednesday with the defense bringing more character witnesses to the stand. The trial is expected to last until Friday.

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