Trial for defendant in Gilbert police officer shooting beginsPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - The trial for one of the men allegedly involved in the shooting death of a Gilbert police officer is underway.
There were some fireworks during opening statements.
Daimen Irizarry is accused of driving the getaway truck after Christopher Redondo allegedly shot Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler earlier this year.
Irizarry sat in court Wednesday wearing a white shirt and tie and listening intently at times, rocking back and forth in his chair at other moments.
It was a much different look than back in January, after his arrest, following a fifty-mile chase along the U.S. 60.
Irizarry was allegedly driving a work truck the night Redondo allegedly killed Lieutenant Shuhandler by shooting him in the face following a traffic stop.
After the prosecutor laid out his case during opening statements, Irizarry's defense attorney presented his, but was interrupted several times by objections from the prosecution.
After a bench conference, Irizarry's attorney told the jury that his client did what he had to do that night because he was scared and had no other options.
Irizarry faces charges of drive-by shooting, aggravated assault and unlawful flight from law enforcement.