Testimony ends in Texas stand-your-ground case

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 4:59 PM
Testimony ends in Texas stand-your-ground case

HOUSTON (AP) — The punishment phase in the trial of a man who claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor is wrapping up.

Raul Rodriguez faces up to life in prison for the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher.

Testimony in the punishment phase of Rodriguez's Houston trial ended Tuesday.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating his sentence after closing arguments Wednesday.

In a recording of the argument with his neighbor, Rodriguez says he fears for his life and is standing his ground.

But prosecutors say Rodriguez was the aggressor, taking a gun to confront his neighbor about a noisy party.

A Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in February is relying on a stand-your-ground law for his defense.