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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Things got personal Monday in the trial of a man accused in a road rage murder.

Danny Wilson's wife Janet was emotional on the stand as she testified about the kind of man her husband was.

Donald Hayes is the man on trial for allegedly shooting and killing Janet Wilson's husband during an alleged road rage incident two years ago.

Prosecutors say Danny Wilson was involved in previous road rage incidents, but the judge ruled those will not be allowed to be brought up in this trial.

Those incidents include a fist fight, throwing objects at a moving vehicle and threatening another driver's life.

So the defense asked Janet Wilson if her husband had a temper.

"No," she replied. "I would say he has a mouth, but he wasn't physically, verbally abusive to people. If he didn't like what you said, he told you right then and there, he didn't pull any punches."

Then Janet Wilson was asked if she recalled telling the detective her husband was not the type to "back down."

"If Danny felt threatened, he would defend himself," she said. "I don't remember if I said those exact words. If he felt threatened he would defend himself."

After, the judge gave Janet Wilson a short break to review her statement from two years ago on the day of the shooting. She was then called back to the stand to testify. 

"Do you recall the detectives asking you if your husband has a hot temper and responding yes he does?" the defense asked.

"I didn't remember saying that. I do now," Janet Wilson responded.

After her testimony, multiple forensic experts took the stand. One expert said Hayes' gun isn't used for long range. It's designed for self-defense. 

Another expert found glass embedded in Wilson's baseball bat that he allegedly used to break Hayes' car window just before the shooting.

The day ended with the jury watching the rest of the Donald Hayes' interview with the police that they started watching Friday.

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