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APD video shown in Yazdi murder trial

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APD dashboard camera video from the early morning hours of February 3, 2013, shows officers responding to the scene of a shooting at the home of Fred Yazdi on Staked Plains Drive. The officer tells Yazdi to put his gun up. When he asks Yazdi what happened, Yazdi tells him the man was attempting to burglarize his house. At one point during the video Yazdi says the man banged on the door and that he was nervous for the safety of his family.

The officer tries to see if the man on the ground, 23-year-old Enrique Recio, is still alive. While the video played inside the courtroom, Recio's family wept. Yazdi was also crying. Jurors were also shown crime scene photos including a photo of Yazdi's handgun.

What reportedly happened that morning was that Yazdi's wife saw Recio in the front yard of their home near Avery Ranch 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 when Recio started to run away, Yazdi fired three times, killing him.

Before the shooting, police say Recio crashed his car into a poll and retention wall near Yazdi's neighborhood. He had walked away and called a friend to pick him up. It's unclear why he may have been in Yazdi's front yard. Blood test results showed that Recio was intoxicated.

Yazdi's attorney, Bob Phillips, says his client believed Recio had a gun and that's why he felt threatened, but prosecutors say Yazdi did not tell police that at the scene.

On the stand, an APD officer who responded to the shooting said Yazdi did not immediately give a full account of what he later said happened.

"Prior to my arrival I believe he did have time to explain what had occurred," said Officer James Ayers.

"And even after your arrival?" prosecutor Josh Reno asks him.

"Yes, sir," he responded.

Phillips pointed out that part of the dash cam video is inaudible. The officer also testified that Yazdi did not seem traumatized or terrified. While he may have appeared calm, the defense says Yazdi believed he was protecting himself and his family from what he thought was an armed intruder.

It will be up to jurors to decide if he's guilty of murder. The trial continues Thursday in Williamson County.

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