DENVER -- A district court judge Wednesday angrily recessed the murder trial of an Iranian student saying proceedings would not resume until the FBI furnished the court with its entire file on the case.
'I want every piece of paper, photograph and document the FBI has on this case,' said Denver District Judge Daniel Sparr, pounding his fist with anger.
Sparr made the demand after learning that FBI agent William H. Matens had requested from the Denver FBI office only handwritten notes taken during his interview with defendant Afshin Shariati's wife, Toni.
Shariati, 21, is accused of second-degree murder in the Nov. 11, 1979 shooting death of Paul Moritzky, 15, one of three youths who allegedly smashed Shariati's apartment window with bottles and baseball bats six days after the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran.
The two other youths recovered from gunshot wounds allegedly fired by Shariati in the incident.
Prosecutors are attempting to show that Mrs. Shariati's statement to Maten contradicts her testimony given Tuesday about events surrounding the shooting.
Mrs. Shariati, an American, testified she was asleep when her husband burst into their bedroom from the living room where he had been studying and grabbed a hunting rifle because he feared their apartment was being bombed.
But Mrs. Shariati reportedly told Maten 12 hours after the shooting that both she and her husband were in bed when they heard what they thought was a bomb.
Prosecutors are attempting to show that after the teen-agers shattered the apartment window, Shariati deliberately and methodically shot at them as they fled the scene.
Walter Gerash, Shariati's attorney, fought the admission of the statement and Matens' testimony, saying the defense never received the statement from the district attorney's office.
Sparr, however, denied Gerash's request and Shariati took the witness stand where he repeatedly said he was 'frightened and scared' but not 'angry.'
'I was going to show them I care for my life,' he said of the teen-agers.