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Prosecutor mulls retrial for ex-Phoenix officer

PHOENIX — A prosecutor says he is considering a retrial for a former
Phoenix police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man.

Richard Chrisman was convicted last week of aggravated assault, but jurors
failed to reach a verdict on charges of second-degree murder and animal cruelty.

Chrisman was charged after he fatally shot 29-year-old Danny Rodriguez and the
man’s dog during an October 2010 domestic violence call at Rodriguez’s home.
Chrisman’s partner says the man wasn’t a threat when Chrisman shot him. Chrisman
said he only fired his weapon after Rodriguez tried to attack him with a
bicycle.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says “there is a distinct
possibility” that he will seek to retry Chrisman on the murder and animal
cruelty charges, but he won’t rule out a plea deal.

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