Just selection started Monday in the Fred Yazdi murder trial Yazdi is accused of shooting and killing a man who came on to his property in Northwest Austin last year.
Yazdi arrived at the Williamson County courthouse with his wife by his side. It's been more than a year since he was indicted for murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Texas State University student Enrique Recio. In February 2012 Yazdi's wife reportedly saw Recio in the front yard of their home on Staked Plains Drive and that he was underneath her car. Yazdi went outside with his gun and says he told Recio that if he fled, he would shoot him. Police say Recio tried to get away and Yazdi fired three times, killing him.
Police say before the shooting, Recio had crashed into a poll and retention wall on Avery Ranch not far from the Granite Shoals neighborhood. He had reportedly called a friend to pick him up. It's unclear why he was in Yazdi's yard.
Shortly after his death, we spoke with Recio's family and friends. His brother, Victor, told FOX 7, "They will never feel the pain that I feel, won't understand what I'm going through."
Friend Eric Garcia added, "That should not have happened. That's a tragedy. That guy needs to pay. He had no right to do what he did."
But, Yazdi's attorney will argue in court that he did have the right to shoot Recio. This is a case where the Castle Doctrine may be used as a defense. The law protects Texas homeowners that use deadly force if they or their property is threatened. Those with the Williamson County district attorney's office believe this shooting is not covered under the Castle Doctrine.
Yazdi has been out on bond since the day after the shooting. Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.