Yazdi found guilty of 2012 murder

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 7:07 AM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A jury has found Fred Yazdi guilty in the murder of Enrique Recio.

Recio's family reportedly let out a collective gasp and cried as the verdict was read.

Police arrested Yazdi after he shot a Texas State University student in Avery Ranch last year.

Recio had crashed his car on Avery Ranch Boulevard and went near Yazdi's house to wait for a friend to come help him.

The jury had been stuck 10 to two after two days of deliberations.

Late Wednesday afternoon the judge told jurors they need to reach a decision. He read them the Allen Charge, which says another jury would face the same difficulties if this case is tried again.

Jurors sent four notes to the judge about whether Yazdi acted in self defense. Prosecutors say Recio was shot once as he tried to run away and twice more as he lay on the ground. 

Wednesday morning the judge gave jurors additional instructions to help them reach a verdict.

"Members of the jury, you are instructed that the state has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant was not justified in causing the death of Enrique Recio," said Judge Bert Richardson. "Therefore if you find the defendant acted in self defense, or defense of a third person, or in defense of property, and you have a reasonable doubt, you will find the defendant not guilty."

Judge Richardson says they will move forward with the punishment phase Thursday. Yazdi faces five to 99 years in prison

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