Verdict in trial of ex-Phoenix officer to be read this morning

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of an ex-Phoenix police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed suspect and his dog during a domestic violence call.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say the jury failed to reach verdicts on two of the three counts against Richard Chrisman late Monday, but the court did not specify which ones. The verdict will be read Tuesday morning after about four days of deliberations.

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 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 when the man tried to grab his gun and attack him with a bicycle.