Julie Harper’s children testify in her retrial

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VISTA, Calif. – The two eldest children of Jason and Julie Harper testified against their mother in the retrial Monday.

Julie Harper is accused of shooting and killing her husband Jason, she faces charges of 2nd-degree murder.

“I don’t like her,” said Jackie H.

“Why not?” asked Keith Watanabe, deputy District Attorney.

“Because she killed my father,” said Jackie.

Jackie’s brother, Jake started out his testimony in tears.

“I don’t want to be here,” said Jake H. “I want to be in school.”

The children said on the morning of Aug. 7,  they were watching cartoons when their father was shot.

“We heard a thud and we went upstairs to see what happened,” said Jake. “We tried to get in and we were told we couldn’t get in.”

“Who told you that?” asked Watanabe.

“Our mom,” said Jake.

The children also said Julie Harper spent a lot of time sleeping. Both said she took prescription pills after their younger brother Josh was born.

“She had a huge drawer just full of empty pill bottles,” said Jake.

“She started taking a lot of drugs, she had pills on her counters,” said Jackie.

Both Jake and Jackie said it was Jason that took care of the children.

"She didn’t really take care of us. We were usually doing stuff on our own or with our dad.  We were always alone by ourselves," said Jake.

Julie Harper smiled at her children during their testimonies, even tearing up at times. Both Jake and Jackie refused to acknowledge their mother.

“How do you feel about your mom now?” asked Watanabe.

“I don’t really want to talk about that,” said Jake.

Throughout Jackie’s testimony, she would refer to her mother as Julie.

“I don’t want to say that she is my mom,” said Jackie.

Both children said their parents often argue and Jason would yell at Julie, but said he was never violent.

Julie Harper maintains she shot her husband in self-defense. She has claimed she was the victim of his mental, physical and sexual abuse. She herself has testified in a previous trial she was raped more than 30 times.

Brian Harper, Jason’s younger brother gave emotional testimony about his brother’s character.

“I can’t even remember one instant where he was violent in any way, not even one,” said Brian.

He said the last time he saw his brother was the night before he died, when he left a family dinner at his parents house to avoid his sister in law.

“I heard she had fraudulently wrote checks for $9,000 from my brother. I wasn’t going to be around her and I wasn’t going to have my 2-year-old around her for sure.”

Brian sobbed as he spoke about the last moments with his brother.

“I was in the front yard. He just ran out and said, 'Why don’t you stay for dinner?' I just smiled at him, patted him on the shoulder and said I’m going to go. That’s the last time I saw him," Brian said.

If convicted, Julie Harper will face 40 years to life in prison.

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