Closing arguments next in Yazdi trial

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:40 PM

AUSTIN -- The prosecution and defense rested Monday in the murder trial of Fred Yazdi.

Yazdi is accused of shooting and killing Texas State University student Enrique Recio last year.

On Monday a ballistics expert testified on where Recio was when Yazdi shot and killed him. According to detectives Recio wrecked his car and walked down the street past Yazdi's house. Yazdi claims he shot Recio in self-defense, but Recio's body was found on the opposite side of a fence from Yazdi's home.

Monday morning the prosecution rested its case. In the afternoon the defense rested its case without calling Yazdi to the stand. During their opening statements, defense attorneys told jurors he would testify.

Yazdi followed his attorney's advice despite seeming eager to take the stand.

"Despite my eagerness to testify in this case and let the jury and the whole world know what happened, I'm listening to your advice," said Yazdi.

His wife and two young sons sat in the courtroom Monday, the same people who Yazdi said he was trying to protect the night of the shooting.

One of Yazdi's defense attorneys says they will explain to the jurors during closing arguments why they decided against his testimony.

Closing arguments will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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