Verdict reached in trial of ex-Phoenix officer

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A jury has reached a verdict on its fourth day of deliberations in the trial of an ex-Phoenix police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed suspect and his dog.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say the jury failed to reach verdicts on two of the three counts against Richard Chrisman, but the court did not specific which ones. The verdict will be read Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

Chrisman is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty.

He is accused in the October 2010 shootings of 29-year-old Danny Rodriguez and his dog during a domestic violence call at the man's home.

Chrisman's partner testified the man wasn't a threat when Chrisman shot him.

Chrisman says he acted in self-defense.

3TV will carry the verdict live on TV, azfamily.com, and the 3TV News app

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