This is a prime example of how, in the heat of the moment, your actions could have deadly consequences.
The Oklahoma woman who admits to pushing her husband from a highrise window claims she never intended to kill her man.
Instead Amber Michelle Hilberling, now 21, laments that the glass in their apartment window was not strong enough to stop Joshua Hilberling, her 23-year-old Air Force veteran husband, from plummeting 17 stories to his death on June 7, 2011.
The woman even sued University Club Tower in Tulsa for alleged negligence stemming from the “dangerously unsafe” glass, reported local newspaper Tulsa World.
The defense attorney’s opening statement made clear that Amber Hilberling will cite self-defense as her rational for pushing Joshua Hilberling at all.
The court heard from several witnesses Wednesday, during the first week of her second-degree murder trial. The testimonies painted a picture of Amber Hilberling, who was pregnant during the incident, as hysterical and distraught.“My husband fell out the window! I pushed my husband out the window! I killed my husband,” she reportedly screamed after his death.
Armando Rosales, a glass repairman, went to the apartment after hearing the glass shatter. He corroborated Amber Hilberling’s claim to the court that the large pane was in fact thinner than what is typically used in highrise windows.
The glass was reportedly part of the building’s original construction and would have been thicker if built more recently. It was not much stronger than the glass used in standard home windows, Rosales claimed.
But Rosales also told the jury that he feared that Amber Hilberling through the broken window after he entered.
Amber was found guilty of 2nd degree murder. She plans on appealing the conviction. Now the couple’s 19 month old child will be left without parents…sad.