HOUSTON -

The trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his children continued Wednesday as the man defended his action to the jury.

Jason Bouchard took the stand Wednesday recapping what he says happened on Christmas Eve 2009.

Prosecutors said Bouchard set fire to Terri Sanvincente’s home and while the home was burning, he beat her to death with a crowbar.

Sanvincente is the mother of Bouchard’s three children who were under the age of 10 at the time of the incident and were in the house that night.

Bouchard has been defending himself in court since he fired his court-appointed attorney last week. His defense is that he was protecting his children from their mother.

In court Wednesday, Bouchard said: "If they did the right thing she would of been in jail. My daughter says she was being raped."

Bouchard admitted Wednesday to starting the fire at the back of the home.

 "I was going to bust a window out and throw a couple cocktails in there, but I didn't know if there were children in there and I didn't want them to get hurt."

He also admitted to the jury that he used a crowbar to hit Sanvincente three times, beating her to death.

"I decided on the crowbar because my children needed me,” Bouchard said in court.

At one point he joked, “I priced checked. . . went to Target and Walmart was cheaper."

Sanvincente’s family said she was a loving and caring mother and didn’t deserve what happened to her.

"She was really a kind person she was good with her kids, she was good with her friends, . . animals," said  family friend, Michelle Wilson.

The family said the children are in the custody of Sanvincente's best friend.

Bouchard is facing a capital murder charge. The trial continues Thursday.