Man get’s drunk, fires a canon, kills girlfriend
A man charged with murder for firing a cannon-like device that killed his girlfriend said in a jailhouse interview Friday that he wants a time machine to go back and keep from firing it, and he wishes he’d been the one killed instead.
‘I’m just so sorry, if I could just go back in time I would’ve never done it,’ Richard Dale Fox told NBC San Diego through tears.
‘I just wish that the damn thing had hit me instead of her, you know?’
Fox, 39, was drinking with friends in the San Diego County town of Potrero on Tuesday when he set off the device, sending shrapnel into his trailer that killed 38-year-old Jeanette Ogara, who was his girlfriend and the mother of his 4-year-old daughter, prosecutors said.
Richard Fox, 39, was also charged with exploding a destructive device and child endangerment.
In a recording of the 911 call made by Fox he can be heard sobbing down the phone to the emergency services.
‘We’ve been drinking and everything, you know, I mean we had a few beers… (inaudible)… I went out there and I lit this stupid (expletive) homemade canon with this firework in there and it (expletive) went off and blew a hole through the side of the house and… (inaudible) Oh my god… Oh my god,’ Fox says on the tape.
Moments later he phoned his brother Jerry and said: ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it should have been me,’ according to U-T San Diego.