Homicide

Ex-Marine admits on stand to killing other Marine's wife

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a candle burns for homicide victim Erin Corwin during a memorial service in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee continued testifying Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that he killed Corwin, his 19-year-old lover, before disposing of her body in a 140-foot mine shaft in the California desert. Lee testified in San Bernardino County, Calif., Superior Court he strangled Corwin during a fit of anger but he's since calmed down and wants to come clean. (Paul Efird/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a candle burns for homicide victim Erin Corwin during a memorial service in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee continued testifying Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that he killed Corwin, his 19-year-old lover, before disposing of her body in a 140-foot mine shaft in the California desert. Lee testified in San Bernardino County, Calif., Superior Court he strangled Corwin during a fit of anger but he's since calmed down and wants to come clean. (Paul Efird/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A former Marine shocked the courtroom during his own murder trial, admitting to strangling the wife of another Marine and pushing her head-first down an abandoned mine shaft in the remote California desert.

The Desert Sun reports (http://desert.sn/2eRWHKr ) Christopher Lee made those statements after taking the stand Tuesday.

Lee had pleaded not guilty to killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin, his neighbor and the wife of a Marine with whom Lee's suspected of having an affair.

Lee says he's "no longer scared to tell the truth" and people need to know what he did.

Lee says he decided to kill Corwin because he was controlled by anger and hate. He testified that Corwin had molested a family member — the first time that accusation has come to light.

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Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/