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Opening statements begin in Fred Yazdi murder trial

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Opening statements were Tuesday in the Fred Yazdi murder trial in Williamson County. Yazdi is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Enrique Recio outside Yazdi's home near Avery Ranch. Inside the courtroom, Recio's family and friends wore buttons and yellow ribbons in his honor.

In the early morning hours of February 2012, Yazdi's wife reportedly saw Recio in the front yard of their home on Staked Plains Drive and said 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 started to run away and Yazdi fired three times, killing him. Before the shooting Recio crashed his car not far from Yazdi's home. It's unclear why Recio may have been in Yazdi's front yard.

During opening statements Tuesday, Williamson County Assistant District Attorney Josh Reno told jurors, "What you're not going to hear from this defendant when officers arrived immediately after this happened when Enrique is there during from a gunshot wound, what you're not going to hear him say is he's got a gun on him."

But, defense attorney Bob Phillips says that's the reason Yazdi felt threatened. "Mr. Yazdi reasonably believed Mr. Recio had a weapon and I think you'll hear undisputed testimony that when they turned Mr. Recio over, underneath his body was a cell phone that in the early morning hours at 3 a.m. in the dark of night in the terror Mr. Yazdi was experiencing, Mr. Yazdi believed was a weapon."

The trail continues Wednesday in Williamson County.

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