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Jurors hear 911 call in Arlington manslaughter case

The 911 call Tracy Roberson placed the night Devin LaSalle was killed in front of her family's south Arlington home captured the frantic moments that followed the shooting in December 2006.

On the recording, Darrell Roberson voice can be heard in the background repeating, "Why you do me like that?"

"He was trying to rape me!" Tracy Roberson said, referring to LaSalle, a 32-year-old father of three from New Orleans. Prosecutors believe the 37-year-old woman lied to police and her husband about being raped to cover the affair she had been having with LaSalle for more than two months. The 911 call put a dramatic end to a morning of testimony during the first day of Tracy Roberson's manslaughter trial. The case is before state District Judge Louis Sturns.

"Why you do me like that?" Darrell Roberson asked again.

"He was trying to rape me. Look at my bath water, look at me Darrell. Look at me. There my bath water is, right there," Tracy Roberson said, referring to the filled tub inside their home on Ivy Glen Drive.

Tracy Roberson then focused on the 911 operator who was asking what was going on.

"A man came to the door, pulled me out of the house and was trying to rape me," she told the operator. Meanwhile Darrell Roberson continued to yell at his wife in the background. Tracy Roberson told the 911 operator that her husband didn't believe her.

"Ma'am, can you send the police?" Tracy Roberson asked the operator.

"I have, but I need a statement from you," the operator replied.

"My husband drug me in the house and was trying to fight me," Tracy Roberson said.

As the operator pressed for information, Tracy Roberson sounded confused. When asked for a description of her attacker, she responded with "Huh?" or by saying she didn't know details such as the color of LaSalle's pickup truck.

Prosecutors argue that LaSalle died because Tracy Roberson falsely claimed she was raped. Though Roberson did not pull the trigger, prosecutors will ask the jury to find her guilty because she was reckless by knowing her husband would shoot LaSalle but disregarded the fact.

If convicted of manslaughter, Roberson faces two to 20 years in prison. Making a false report to a police officer is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

During opening statements, defense attorney Jill Davis portrayed Darrell Roberson as a jealous and controlling husband.

He raced from Dallas County to Arlington to find a blue Chevrolet truck parked in front of a south Arlington home. It confirmed Darrell Roberson's suspicions that his wife of 21 years was with another man.

According to testimony, Darrell Roberson got out of his Ford SUV and walked up to the pickup truck where his wife, who was clad in panties and a robe, was embraced by LaSalle.

The windows were rolled up on that cool morning. It was unclear if Tracy Roberson and LaSalle knew he had pulled up in front of them.

Darrell Roberson began firing at the truck as LaSalle tried frantically to drive off and Tracy Roberson ducked down on the floorboard, Davis said.

LaSalle was struck in the head with a bullet before his vehicle came to rest in a neighbor's yard. Then, Darrell Roberson yanked his wife out of the car. That's when she yelled rape, Davis said.

"She didn't want to become the second victim," Davis said.

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