Both Sides Rest in Houston Stand Your Ground Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON - Jurors could soon have the case of a Texas man who argues the state's version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor in 2010 after a verbal confrontation about a party.

Raul Rodriguez videotaped the incident and can be heard on the recording claiming he feared for his life and saying "I'm standing my ground."

Jurors could begin deliberating Tuesday. Rodriguez faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder.

Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law is the Castle Doctrine. It was revised in 2007 to expand the right to use deadly force. It allows people to defend themselves in their homes, workplaces or vehicles.

It also says a person using force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time.

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