Testimony continues in Yazdi murder trial


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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:29 AM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- The second day of testimony began Wednesday morning in the murder trial of an Avery Ranch homeowner.

Fred Yazdi is accused of shooting and killing Texas State University student Enrique Recio on Feb. 3, 2012. Recio had just wrecked his car then showed up in Yazdi's neighborhood. Prosecutors say he was trying to avoid getting a DWI.

The defense says Recio was crawling through Yazdi's front yard and banging on the front door. Yazdi says he was protecting his wife and two young sons when he shot Recio three times.

An Austin police officer took the stand Wednesday. He said minutes after the shooting, Yazdi told him someone was trying to break into his house. Yazdi said he was nervous for the safety of his family.

Prosecutors played police dascham video that shows officers trying to talk to Recio and questioning Yazdi.

"He warned the subject repeatedly not to escape, not to leave," said Austin police officer James Ayers. "He stated that he observed the subject hiding under his vehicle."

In the courtroom Yazdi sobbed as they played it, and so did Recio's parents as they watched the last moments their son was alive. They eventually had to leave the courtroom.

Yazdi is expected to testify during his trial. His defense attorney says he will explain what he was thinking the night of the shooting. He is currently out of jail and free on bond.

Prosecutors say Yazdi has a history of making violent threats and has tried to intimidate witnesses.

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