Former Phoenix officer testifies in murder trial - 19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports

Former Phoenix officer testifies in murder trial

Posted: Updated:
Richard Chrisman (Source: CBS 5 News) Richard Chrisman (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A former Phoenix police officer charged with murder and animal cruelty in the on-duty killing of a man and his dog during a domestic violence call has taken the witness stand in his trial.

Prosecutors say Richard Chrisman abused his police powers when he fatally shot 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez in October 2010 even though the unarmed man posed no threat to officers.

Chrisman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty charges, maintains the shooting was justified because Rodriguez reached for the officer's gun during a tussle that preceded the shooting.

The nine-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department began his testimony Tuesday explaining how he responded to the call with his partner. He was expected to continue testimony Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

 

  • Seen on 19Seen on 19More>>

  • Recall: Possible glass shards in Corona beer

    Recall: Possible glass shards in Corona beer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:05:35 GMT
    Constellation Brands Beer announced they're recalling packages of Corona Extra Beer that could contain small particles of glass.More >>
    Constellation Brands Beer announced they're recalling packages of Corona Extra Beer that could contain small particles of glass.More >>
  • Can you afford to have a baby?

    Can you afford to have a baby?

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:14:34 GMT
    The Department of Agriculture's report titled 'Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013' estimates that to have a baby right now will cost $250,000 over 18 years.More >>
    The Department of Agriculture's report titled 'Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013' estimates that to have a baby right now will cost $250,000 over 18 years.More >>
Powered by WorldNow