Stop It! Texas Man Uses ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law To Justify Murder

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Raul Rodriguez TexasHOUSTON — Jurors are 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.

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Raul Rodriguez videotaped the incident and is heard on the recording claiming he feared for his life, saying “I’m standing my ground.”

Watch the shooting here:

During closing arguments Wednesday in Rodriguez’s Houston trial, prosecutors said Texas’ stand-your-ground law doesn’t justify the slaying.

Defense attorneys countered a 2007 expansion of the law allowed Rodriguez to use deadly force.

While the expansion allows people to defend themselves in their homes, workplaces or vehicles, legal experts say it also gave people wider latitude on the use of deadly force.

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

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