Zina Haughton said husband 'would kill me before he gave me a divorce'
WARNING: Graphic language
MILWAUKEE - The estranged wife of the gunman in the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield told a court that she feared for her life.
"He told me if I was to divorce him, it was 'until death do us part,' and he would kill me before he gave me a divorce." said Zina Haughton during chilling testimony in a court hearing held just last week.
It was part of her request for a temporary restraining order against her husband, Radcliffe Haughton. The court commissioner granted that order.
She told the court, "I don't want to die. I don't want to die."
She also mentioned how he threatened to throw acid in her face, burn her with gasoline, and burn her family with gasoline, "and he was going to let me live so I had to suffer."
Three days later, Radcliffe Haughton killed her, and two others at the Azana salon.
Zina described how Radcliffe accused her of having an affair.
"One day, he pushed me on the bed and he choked me, and he was saying, 'Is he worth it, bitch, is he worth your life?' I couldn't talk. I couldn't breathe. I was being choked," said Zina.
"He woke up (one) morning. He was screaming. He told me I wasn't going to work that day unless I gave him all the passcodes to my phone, unless I showed him my bank statements...for the evening I cheated on him."
Radcliffe, who represented himself, questioned Zina during the hearing.
"Did your husband find a picture on your cell phone of you taking a picture of your (privates)?" and "If your husband is as described as you said, he is so violent, why is it that you haven't gone to the police to press charges on him before?"
He also asked if she was having an affair, but a judge struck that question down as irrelevant after an objection.
She also described how he allegedly came close to accidentally shooting both her and her daughter.
"He pulled a gun from behind his pants. It accidentally went off, in between me and my daughter's head, about two inches from both of our heads."