A key witness in the murder trial against Fred Yazdi appeared in court Friday--his wife. Yazdi is accused of fatally shooting college student Enrique Recio in February of last year. Yazdi claims it was self-defense.
Fred Yazdi's wife Laleh was the first person to see Recio outside their home in Avery Ranch. Friday, we heard her account of how things happened.
Laleh Yazdi took the stand Friday morning outside the presence of the jury. Immediately after she was sworn in, she invoked her right not to testify against her husband. She uses the assistance of a translator.
Judge: "You've decided not to testify at this time?" the judge asked.
"That's correct," the translator said.
Jurors did get a chance to hear her speak. Prosecutors played her 9-1-1 call from the morning of February 3, 2012.
"My husband shot him. I think he is alive," Laleh Yazdi said.
She calls Enrique Recio a burglar and says she saw him underneath her car. Then she says she woke her husband. Fred Yazdi takes the phone and repeats the story.
"He was burglarizing my house. My wife woke me up. I shot him. I came outside," Fred Yazdi said.
According to officers, Yazdi shot Recio three times.
Prior to their encounter, Recio wrecked his car in Yazdi's Avery Ranch neighborhood. Jurors were shown photos of the crash site including--skid marks, a downed light pole, the smashed light on top of it, and damage to Recio's car.
According to the detective, Recio's car had three flat tires.
The detective also commented on his examination of the Yazdi home and their vehicles.
"There was no sign of forced entry or attempted forced entry," the detective said.
The medical examiner testified next. She described that Recio was shot in the left abdomen, left hip and right thigh. She says the fatal shot perforated his aorta.
"How long in your medical opinion would it take for a person to expire? the prosecutor asked.
The Medical Examiner replied, "It would be minutes."