DELTA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tracey Grissom is taking her story public, telling the world she was the real victim when she shot her ex-husband, Hunter Grissom, in 2010.
Tracey Grissom is now serving a 25-year sentence for the murder.
In an exclusive interview with “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty, Grissom described the day she drove to a boat ramp on Lake Tuscaloosa, where Hunter worked, and killed him.
“Hunter was looking at me and I realized that he recognized that it was me. And he had a very mean face, and it’s the same face that I would see when he was angry with me, and when he would beat me and when he would make me do things that I didn’t want to,” Grissom said. “I opened my car door and I started shooting.”
Investigators say Grissom emptied her gun.
“I have no doubt in my mind that I had to protect myself that day, and that if I had not shot him, I would be dead,” Grissom said.
Grissom said issues with her husband began a few years into their marriage, when Hunter began abusing drugs.
“In September 2010, is the first time that he physically hit me,” Grissom said. “It got progressively worse. He had made the comments that if I told anybody he would kill me. I believed him.”
The Grissoms divorced.
Though Hunter was arrested for the alleged abuse, he did not survive long enough to stand trial.
Moriarty said Tracey Grissom was quick to show pictures of wounds, which she says were left by her husband.
“Tracey is very compelling, very credible, very believable,” Moriarty told WIAT 42 News. “I know that she appears to believe her story.”
As Moriarty investigated, she said she found inconsistencies that would shock both Grissom’s loyal supporters and her harshest critics.
A judge denied a retrial for Grissom last month.
Moriarty says Grissom plans to keep appealing.
“48 Hours: The Girl Next Door” airs Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 p.m. on WIAT 42 News.
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