EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/xJLteN) 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-Jeanette Ogara, who was his girlfriend and the mother of his 4-year-old daughter, prosecutors said.
In addition to murder, Fox was charged Thursday with exploding a destructive device and with child endangerment, because the little girl was also in the trailer. She was not hurt.
He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
"My concern now is my daughter," Fox said in the interview. "I mean, I know she's OK now, but what am I going to tell her?"
Information from: KNSD-TV, http://www.nbcsandiego.com/index.html