Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Never Gave Wife Reason to Fear Him; Was Good with Her, Daughters, She Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Never Gave Wife Reason to Fear Him; Was Good with Her, Daughters, She Says

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Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer

Natoca and Paul Durousseau had their problems, but the 29-year-old wife of the Jacksonville man charged yesterday with six counts of murder said she never felt threatened by her husband.

"I can't get my thoughts together," she said yesterday after hearing the charges.

For months, as Jacksonville police built a case against her husband, she said she was not seeing what they said they saw in the former soldier and cabdriver she has been married to since 1995.

"I've been with him for nine years," she said. "If this has been in him . . . that's hard to believe. What signs can they see or not see? What signs can I see or not see?"

Paul Durousseau, 32, was charged with five Jacksonville slayings. He also faces a murder charge in Columbus, Ga., in the death of a woman.

Natoca Durousseau sobbed hard when told that her husband was being charged with the slayings.

"If he did it then by all means he should be punished," she said. "But if he didn't, let him come home. He has a family here. Let us work out what we have to work out."

The couple met at a German nightclub when the two soldiers were stationed in Germany.

He was from California, she was born in Jacksonville but raised in New Jersey.

"We ended up talking," she said. "He talked about family a lot. He talked about his grandmother a lot. . . . I liked that about him. We had just met but he felt comfortable enough with me to get personal."

But while Paul Durousseau was attentive, troubles tagged the former soldier who his wife said was discharged after he was found in possession of stolen goods. Before that, he was found not guilty of rape in a court-martial at Fort Benning, she said.

Yesterday, she said she worries about the couple's two daughters, ages 5 and 6, and how they would be affected. Earlier in the afternoon, she sat outside the small northwest Jacksonville house where she and the two girls live and tried to describe what she has gone through.

Married for almost eight years, the Durousseaus have been in Jacksonville for more than five, struggling with money and their relationship. They separated in January when Natoca Durousseau and the girls moved to Ken Knight Drive. …

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