Texas stand-your-ground case sentencing to resume

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

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) — Attorneys for a retired Texas firefighter convicted of murder in the shooting of his unarmed neighbor over a noisy birthday party prepared to present witnesses in the punishment phase of his trial.

Forty-six-year-old Raul Rodriguez argued he was within his rights under Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law when he killed Kelly Danaher in 2010.

The punishment phase in the Houston trial is to resume Monday after more than a week's delay due to scheduling conflicts. Rodriguez faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors have already presented neighbors, former co-workers and Rodriguez's ex-wife. They testified Rodriguez was abusive, a bad neighbor and had once shot a dog.

Rodriguez killed Danaher, a 36-year-old elementary school teacher, and wounded two other men while telling a police dispatcher, "I'm standing my ground here."

Associated Press
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