Speaking in a soft– at times shaking– voice, Eric Abshire's high
school sweetheart, Allison Crawford, testified unwillingly today
and revealed that on the night of Justine's death, Abshire, with
whom Crawford has two daughters, said he still had feelings for
"He asked if there was any chance for our relationship,"
Crawford recalled under oath of a late-night phone conversation she
had with Abshire– one of more than 40 phone calls between the two
on November 2, 2006, the last day of Justine Swartz Abshire's life.
Crawford also testified that former dump truck operator Abshire,
whom she first met at age 12 and began dating as a junior in high
school in 1991, expressed regret that night that he'd married
"I may have made a mistake," Abshire allegedly told her less
than two hours before he'd report finding Justine's mangled body on
Crawford, who answered in the affirmative when asked by the
prosecution if she'd "prefer not to be here," insisted, however,
that the majority of her conversations with Abshire that day
centered on the health of his mother, who'd been admitted to Martha
Jefferson Hospital earlier and was "not doing well."
She also acknowledged that her relationship with Abshire had been
continuous for 10 years, until 2001. Previous testimony has
revealed Abshire and Justine began dating in 1999. Crawford said
today that she'd met Justine only twice and had learned of