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  • Testimony Wraps in Yazdi murder trial

    Testimony Wraps in Yazdi murder trial

    Monday, October 21 2013 4:11 PM EDT2013-10-21 20:11:16 GMT
    The defense in the Fred Yazdi murder trial rested its case Monday afternoon without calling a single witness to the stand. During opening statements last week, defense attorney Bob Phillips told jurors
    The defense in the Fred Yazdi murder trial rested its case Monday afternoon without calling a single witness to the stand. During opening statements last week, defense attorney Bob Phillips told jurors
  • Wife refuses to testify in Yazdi murder trial

    Wife refuses to testify in Yazdi murder trial

    Friday, October 18 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-10-18 22:56:12 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Testimony continues in Yazdi murder trial

    Testimony continues in Yazdi murder trial

    Thursday, October 17 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-10-17 22:22:02 GMT
    Day three of the Fred Yazdi murder trial jurors heard from one of Yazdi's neighbors and a police officer who was at the scene the night Enrique Recio was shot.
    Day three of the Fred Yazdi murder trial jurors heard from one of Yazdi's neighbors and a police officer who was at the scene the night Enrique Recio was shot.
  • APD video shown in Yazdi murder trial

    APD video shown in Yazdi murder trial

    Wednesday, October 16 2013 6:12 PM EDT2013-10-16 22:12:45 GMT
    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
    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
  • Opening statements begin in Fred Yazdi murder trial

    Opening statements begin in Fred Yazdi murder trial

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 8:19 PM EDT2013-10-16 00:19:42 GMT
    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
    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

Williamson County jurors have adjourned Tuesday night and will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to continue deliberations in the murder trial of Fred Yazdi.

The judge ordered to have them sequestered overnight. They had been deadlocked for five hours on one issue.

 

 


On Tuesday, Williamson County jurors heard closing arguments in the murder trial of Fred Yazdi. He is accused of shooting Enrique Recio last year at his house but claims it was self-defense.

 

Jurors started deliberating around 1 p.m. in the Fred Yazdi murder trial Tuesday. Yazdi entered the courtroom with his wife and two young sons by his side Tuesday morning.

Williamson County Assistant District Attorney Josh Reno started the closing arguments by going over a timeline of what happened in the early morning hours of February 3, 2012.

"This defendant had a gun, fired it at Enrique Recio and he died," Reno said. "That is murder in the state of Texas."

Just before 3:00 a.m. that morning, Recio crashed his car near Yazdi's home in the Avery Ranch area. Yazdi's wife says she saw Recio in their front yard. Yazdi came outside with his gun and said he told Recio not to run or he would shoot. Police said Recio tried to get away and Yazdi fired three times, killing him.

Yazdi's wife, who is Iranian and speaks little English, called 9-1-1 after Recio had been shot. She cried as the 9-1-1 call was played for jurors Tuesday. Yazdi also had his head in his hands.

Yazdi's attorney, Bob Phillips, said his client had reason to fear Recio.

"He ran 500 yards. What is he doing in Fred Yazdi's yard? Why do we have to answer that question?" Phillips shouted. "It's not Fred Yazdi's job or my job to defend Yazdi's conduct against somebody who's thugishly is in his yard, under his car, at his door."

Phillips went as far as calling Yazdi's actions heroic.

"I don't think he's a murderer, I think he's a hero," Phillips explained. "I think the evidence shows he was doing heroic things for his wife and family."

Prosecutors told jurors Recio did nothing to threaten Yazdi. They brought a fence into the courtroom to demonstrate how they believe Recio was trying to get away and that Yazdi just wanted to apprehend Recio for being on his property or under his car.

"'I gave him several opportunities to stop and he did not obey my commands,'" Reno quotes Yazdi's statement to police. "That ain't self-defense!" Reno shouts.

In the end, both sides told jurors to ask themselves what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation. Yazdi faces five years to life in prison.

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