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Crash ‘was deliberate'

A MAN who crashed his car the day after killing his wife has backflipped on his initial police interview, in which he told officers he did not mean to smash into a tree.

David Jeffrey Miller gave evidence in Bundaberg Supreme Court yesterday that he had meant to kill himself and his three dogs when he crashed in June 2008, the day after he killed his wife by smashing her head in with a log splitter.

"I deliberately drove into the tree," Miller said during cross-examination.

"My intention was to kill the dogs (in the car) and take them with me."

Miller claims he killed his wife of seven years, and partner of more than 20 years, Tracey Lee Miller, because she did not want to go back to jail after the pair were caught growing more than 140 marijuana plants.

But prosecutor Greg Cummings asked why he had simply not taken full responsibility for the drugs so his wife would not go to jail.

"That would have been an effective way to keep Tracey out of jail," he said.

"That would have been infinitely preferable to killing this person you say you loved."

Miller conceded his wife had been the more dominant person in the relationship and that she was "vocal and opinionated".

"I suggest to you that why you actually killed Tracey was because you were not trying to shield her but you were sick of her," Mr Cummings told Miller.

"You were sick of her berating you and blaming you."

But Miller denied that, saying that if he were going to "lose it" with Tracey, he would have done so a long time ago.

During the trial, Miller told the court that after the drug raid in May 2008, he became physically sick.

Mr Cummings asked him why he would not feel the same way after killing Tracey.

"You see, after you killed Tracey and you went out into the hallway, you cried but you weren't physically sick," the prosecutor said.

"And is that because killing Tracey was less of a burden for you?"

The trial will continue on Monday before Justice Duncan McMeekin.

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