CBS News correspondent Erin Moriarty spent time training to shoot a single-action revolver for a story airing Saturday on 48 Hours (10 p.m. ET).
“Until I actually shot a single action revolver for myself, I didn’t truly realize why the weapon was such a crucial piece of evidence,” Moriarty told TVNewser.
The story focuses in part on the weapon used by Jane Laut to shoot her husband, Olympic shot-putter Dave Laut. He was shot six times with his own gun in a case, Jane Laut claims, of self-defense. “He was going to kill me,” she tells Moriarty in an interview to air tonight.
“Jane Laut says that she was in fear of her life when she shot her husband; that, in the process of wrestling for the gun, she shot him six times,” Moriarty told TVNewser. “That story is called into question when you actually fire the revolver. You have to pull the hammer back each time you pull the trigger. That is a ‘deliberate action’ and it is difficult to do with one hand ..so could Jane struggle with a man a foot taller and nearly a hundred pounds heavier and get off six shots with no injuries to herself? Important question for investigators and anyone analyzing her story.”