'Stand your ground' defendant convicted

June 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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HOUSTON, June 13 (UPI) -- A Houston jury has convicted Raul Rodriguez of murder, rejecting his claim that he was standing his ground when he shot and killed Kelly Danaher in 2010.

Rodriguez killed Danaher after having complained about the noise at a party at Danaher's house May 2, 2010.

Jurors watched a 22-minute video Rodriguez shot of himself going from his house to Danaher's, and demanding those at the party quiet down. In the last 7 minutes of the video, Rodriguez, 47, is heard telling the guests at Danaher's house he is afraid they will hurt him, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

At one point, as several men from the party, including Danaher, are seen charging at Rodriguez, the shot goes to black and the audio portion contains a laugh and a gunshot before the camera seems to fall to the ground.

The defense argued Rodriguez shot Danaher -- an elementary school teacher, in Huffman, Texas -- in self defense and had a split-second to decide whether to shoot.

Prosecutor Donna Logan said "self-defense was never meant to protect the one who started the fight" and Rodriguez was employing language he'd learned in a concealed handgun licensing class, the Chronicle reported.

"Raul Rodriguez is a neighborhood bully who had a CHL, an arsenal of weapons and a knowledge of the law," Logan said.

The jury is to consider a penalty for Rodriguez Thursday.

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