Relatives Deny Abuse in Stand-Your-Ground Case

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  • HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a man who claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after an argument about a noisy party tell jurors he was not an abusive person and always stressed the importance of gun safety.

    Raul Rodriguez, 46, faces up to life in prison for the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher.

    Testimony in the punishment phase of Rodriguez's Houston trial resumed Monday.

    Rodriguez, who videotaped the incident, is heard on the recording saying he feared for his life and was standing his ground.

    Prosecutors called Rodriguez the aggressor. Defense attorneys argued he acted in self-defense.

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

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