Prosecution rests case in Chrisman trial

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- There was a big development in the Richard Chrisman murder trial Thursday.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez rested his case after just about 10 minutes of testimony.

The defense will now get their chance to make their case to the jury starting on Monday. It is believed that Chrisman will be the first witness called.

Chrisman is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez in October 2010.

Authorities said Chrisman also used his stun gun on Rodriguez, killed his dog, and put the barrel of his gun on Rodriguez’s temple several times during the incident.

Chrisman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty charges.

He claims the shooting was justified because Rodriguez had reached for his gun during the altercation.