PHOENIX — A jury will begin its fourth day of deliberations Monday morning
in the trial of an ex-Phoenix police officer charged with fatally shooting an
unarmed suspect and his dog.
Jurors went home Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict yet.
They’re deciding the fate of Richard Chrisman, who faces second-degree murder,
aggravated assault and animal cruelty charges.
Chrisman is accused in the fatal October 2010 shootings of 29-year-old Danny
Rodriguez and his dog. He says he acted in self-defense.
Chrisman’s partner testified he saw no threat justifying the use of deadly
Defense lawyer Craig Mehrens told jurors the partner had fled the trailer home
in fear and wasn’t able to see what prompted Chrisman to fire.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez contends the partner did the right thing after
witnessing police wrongdoing.