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Final conversation between Radcliffe and Zina Haughton


BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- The final conversation between shooter Radcliffe Haughton and his estranged wife Zina was in a court hearing just last week, days before he killed her, two other women and himself at Azana Salon & Spa.

In the hearing which was recorded, Zina said,  "The scariest night of my life... he ran in the basement, and he came upstairs, and he pulled a gun from behind his pants, and it accidentally went off in-between me and my daughter 's head, about two inches from both of our heads."

On October 4, witnesses saw Radcliffe Haughton slash his wife's tires in the parking lot of Azana.

That's when she requested a restraining order .

"My husband thinks I'm cheating on him. He woke up really angry that morning. He was screaming. He told me I wasn't going to work that day unless I gave him all the pass codes to my phone, unless I showed him my bank statements on line for the day of May 29, the evening that he thinks I cheated on him."

Zina Haughton brought a lawyer to the court hearing.

Radcliffe Haughton acted as his own attorney.

Cross-examining his own wife, he focused on that alleged affair.

"Are you having an affair on your husband, Ms. Haughton? I have been involved with Zina Haughton for most of my adult life. This is a woman that I love. Things haven't always been the best that they could have been, but I can stand before the court, stand before God and say that I love her. I love her unconditionally. This situation was brought about by infidelity."

Radcliffe Haughton appeared stunned when the commissioner sided with his wife and granted her request for a protective order.

During that hearing, Zina Haughton explained why she suffered 20 years of abuse.

"I never went to the police. The police were randomly called by people who overheard fights, and I've always sent the police away because I never want -- I'm not a vindictive person. I love my daughter. I loved my husband. I never wanted her to see him taken away, and I never wanted him -- I never wanted him to be taken away, but things have gotten so bad, Rad. I just -- we need to separate. We need a course before you hurt me. Even if it's an accident, I don't want to die. I just don't want to die."

That day, the commissioner also ordered Radcliffe Haughton to surrender any guns.

Click on the camera icon to hear the recordings.



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