Trigger Point

What turned a sweet, soft-spoken wife and teacher into a killer?

In 2004, a woman named Jenny Eisenman shot her estranged husband Drew in her apartment. The soft-spoken elementary school teacher claimed she had suffered abuse at the hands of her husband for years, and that the shooting was in self-defense.

But prosecutors say Jenny was a woman scorned and shot her husband out of anger.

Was Jenny - described by many as gentle and caring - a victim or, as prosecutors asserted, a woman capable of cold-blooded murder?

Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports.

When detectives Larry Davis and Mark Reynolds arrived at Jenny Eisenman's apartment in May 2004, they were in for surprises. Expecting a homicide scene, Reynolds says the home was pristine and looked like nothing had happened: there was no blood, and there was no body.

Jenny was also there, sitting quietly on the couch; Jenny and Drew's eight-month-old baby Jackson was in his crib. It was just like nothing happened, just like the slender second grade teacher hadn't just shot and killed her husband, a high school basketball coach.

Reynolds says his gut was telling that there was a story here, but before investigators could start to unravel that story, they first had to answer a big question: where was Drew's body?

Jenny told police the body was outside, and investigators searched for her husband's body all around the apartment complex. Eventually, police found it in a green storage tub next to his truck.

So how did a slight, 120 pound woman kill a man nearly twice her size and drag his body down a flight of stairs to the curb? And more importantly, why? What drove her to it? What really happened inside the apartment the night Jenny shot Drew?

Police whisked Jenny away to the police station for interrogation; the baby was turned over to Jenny's sister Carrie.

Wrapped up in a blanket, she told detectives she didn't need a lawyer and proceeded to tell them quite a tale about a fight that night and everything that led up to it.

Det. Davis wanted to start from the very instance that the couple had met. "When I first met Drew we were in college. It was a storybook romance. Drew was athletic, very beautiful human being, fun to be around and very charming," Jenny told investigators.

Her parents, Vonda and Jim Harvey, remember the happy times when she and Drew first met. "We liked Drew. Tall, good looking guy. He can be very charismatic and he was," Jim tells Schlesinger.

And the Eisenman family, especially Drew's parents Tom and Becky, were delighted when their son married Jenny. "Seemed very compatible. Shared an interest in education and children," Becky recalls.

Everyone who knew Drew and Jenny was shocked when they heard what had happened. Jenny's parents were out of the country when her brother reached them the night of the shooting. "He said 'Drew's gone.' What do you mean Drew's gone? 'She shot him. Drew's dead,'" Jim recalls.

"It's not that she just shot him. She emptied a gun on him," Drew's father Tom comments.

But Jenny told police she had to shoot Drew that night. "He came at me, then he just kinda he fell back, then he kinda got up like to come at me again," she told police.

She says it was self-defense. They were separated, the divorce was getting ugly, they argued, and he attacked her, she claims.

Six gunshots were fired, and Jenny says someone would have heard the shots and that she expected police would soon arrive. But no one came.

Jenny did not call 911 for hours. Instead, she told police, she started to tidy up. "I didn't want it to be awful when people came over. I knew they would knew what I'd done. But I don't know. I was just so freaked out," she said.

But the biggest problem was what to do about Drew's body. "I didn't know what to do. He was on my couch and I was freaked out. So I have a green tub," she said.

Jenny decided to drag her husband's body, now stuffed inside the storage tub, out of the apartment and down the stairs. As strange as it sounds, Jenny said she planned to take Drew's body to the police station. But there was one problem: she couldn't lift him and load him in the truck.

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