Deliberations in ex-Phoenix policeman's trial to resume

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by The Associated Press

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 1:54 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A jury is set to begin its fourth day of deliberations Monday in the trial of an ex-Phoenix police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed suspect and his dog.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury is deciding the fate of Richard Chrisman, who faces second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty charges.

Chrisman is accused in the fatal October 2010 shootings of 29-year-old Danny Rodriguez and his dog. He says he acted in self-defense.

Chrisman's partner testified he saw no threat justifying the use of deadly force.

Defense lawyer Craig Mehrens told jurors the partner had fled the trailer home in fear and wasn't able to see what prompted Chrisman to fire.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez contends the partner did the right thing after witnessing police wrongdoing.
 

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