Closing arguments underway in Yazdi murder trial

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 6:45 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- Jurors are deliberating in the final phase of Fred Yazdi's murder trial.

The jury began deliberating at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after intense closing arguments by both the prosecution and the defense.

Yazdi arrived at the courthouse with his wife and two young sons.

"I don't think he's a murderer, I think he's a hero. I think the evidence shows he was doing heroic things for his wife and family," said Yazdi's defense attorney Bob Phillips during closing arguments.

Yazdi is accused of shooting and killing Texas State University student Enrique Recio, 23, outside his Avery Ranch home in 2012. Yazdi says he was acting in self defense. Prosecutors say Recio had crashed his car and was waiting for a friend to pick him up, trying to hide from police after a night of drinking.

"Enrique Recio was hiding and he was waiting. And when this defendant barreled out his front door with a gun, he ran away," said Assistant District Attorney Josh Reno.

Prosecutors say Yazdi tried to take the law into his own hands when he shot Recio on Feb. 3rd, 2012.

If convicted of murder, Yazdi faces five-years-to-life in prison. The judge plans to keep the jury at the Williamson County Courthouse until they reach a decision.

Shelton Green will have the latest on deliberations tonight on KVUE News Nightbeat.

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