A man who says his wife tried to kill him in a messy custody battle over their baby daughter testified in court today that he had grappled with psychiatric problems and that his wife had accused him of molesting their daughter. In his second day on the witness stand, Eric Hill, 39, said that his wife, 36-year-old Rosa Hill, had removed all the pills and sharp instruments from their home for his own safety because he’d made several attempts to kill himself. Rosa Hill, 36, and her mother, 57-year-old Mei Li of Antioch, are accused of attempting to murder Eric Hill and of murdering his 91-year-old grandmother, Selma Hill, at Selma Hill’s home in the 7700 block of Peppertree Road in Dublin on Jan. 7, 2009. Under cross-examination from Rosa Hill’s attorney, Bonnie Narby, Eric Hill testified that his wife had accused him of molesting their daughter in custody proceedings in court. Prosecutor Casey Bates told jurors in his opening statement last month that Rosa Hill and Li wanted to kill Hill and his grandmother because Eric Hill had sole legal custody and 85 percent physical custody of the couple’s daughter, who was 2 years old at the time. He and the daughter were living with Selma Hill. Narby told jurors that she doesn’t think the alleged attack was a murder because Rosa Hill never intended to kill Eric Hill or his grandmother but instead acted in the heat of passion because she was overwhelmed by the custody battle over their daughter and divorce proceedings. Bates said, however, that Rosa Hill and Li planned the attack at Selma Hill’s home for months, buying a gun, Tasers, stun guns, a hammer, a sword, a crossbow, an axe, a hacksaw, handcuffs, pepper spray and other weapons. In his first day of testimony last Wednesday, Eric Hill said he was “terrified” during the attack, in which he said Li hit him multiple times in the head with a baton and his wife zapped him with a stun gun and pointed a gun at his heart.
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