Closings set in Houston stand your ground trial

Jurors will soon begin deliberating the fate of a Texas man who argues the state

Raul Rodriguez sits in a Houston courtroom Monday, June 11, 2012. Rodriguez is charged with murder in a triple shooting in 2010 that left one man dead and two others injured during a dispute over the neighbor's loud party. The retired Houston-area firefighter told a police dispatcher by phone that he feared for his life and was "standing his ground." (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors will soon begin deliberating the fate 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 confrontation about a loud party.

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

Closing arguments in Rodriguez's Houston trial are set for Wednesday.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder.

Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law 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 a crime at the time.

Associated Press
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