Texan in stand-your-ground case awaits sentence
HOUSTON (AP) -- A jury is to begin deliberating the sentence of a man convicted of murder after he claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to shoot a neighbor during a dispute over a noisy party.
Closing arguments were set for Wednesday in the punishment phase of Raul Rodriguez's trial. Jury deliberations will start after.
Rodriguez faces up to life in prison in the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher.
In a recording of the incident, Rodriguez tells a police dispatcher he fears for his life and is standing his ground.
Defense attorneys say Rodriguez acted in self-defense, but prosecutors say he was the aggressor.
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.