Texas jury convicts man in 'stand your ground' case

7:00 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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HOUSTON -- A Texas man who claimed the state's version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after an argument about a party has been convicted of murder.

A jury convicted 47-year-old Raul Rodriguez Wednesday in Houston in the death of 36-year-old Kelly Danaher. He faces up to life in prison.

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

Prosecutors called Rodriguez the aggressor who took a gun when he went to complain about Danaher's party in 2010. Defense attorneys argued the retired Houston-area firefighter acted in self-defense.

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

The Associated Press

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