Attorney in Bertram murder case: Wife shot husband in self-defense

Karra Trichele Allen


BERTRAM — Excerpts from a 9-1-1 call appear to support a woman’s claim she shot and killed her husband in self-defense, said her defense attorney Eddie Shell at a hearing July 12 in the 33rd Judicial District Court in Burnet.

Karra Trichele Allen
Karra Trichele Allen

Burnet County deputies arrested 42-year-old Karra Trichele Allen at the scene of the shooting July 1. They charged her with murder after she called 9-1-1 to report the shooting. She reportedly admitted to authorities she shot her husband about 10:30 p.m. that day at the couple’s residence in the 1400 block of CR 320 just outside of Bertram.

Deputies found the body of 38-year-old Brian Dean Allen at the couple’s residence, according to the report.

“What we do know that came out in the tapes is there was some sort of a struggle between her and him,” Shell said. “There was a gun that he interjected into the struggle, and, according to her and according to the 9-1-1 tape, she took that gun away from him, which ultimately led to his death.”

Attorneys presented the 9-1-1 emergency recording during a hearing July 12 in the 33rd Judicial District Court in Burnet. The hearing tested whether the state had evidence sufficient to keep Allen in custody, Shell said.

The caller, believed to be Karra Trichele Allen, told the dispatcher, “My husband came at me with a gun, and I got it out of his hands, and I shot him.”

The dispatcher asked the caller where she shot the man.

The caller responded, “in his back and his lungs.”

Shell said he will reveal that his client is a victim of domestic abuse.

“We believe there is going to be evidence of prior abuse and a lot of family violence,” Shell said. “I believe there’s a real issue of self-defense.”

Allen remains in the Burnet County Jail on a $500,000 surety bond.

District Attorney Sonny McAfee declined comment, citing the continuing investigation by law enforcement.

Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon ordered an autopsy, and the body was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, the Texas Rangers and the 33rd/424th District Attorney’s Office provided assistance at the scene.