Fred Yazdi took the stand this morning in the sentencing trial for his murder conviction. Yazdi was convicted last month of first degree murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Texas State University student Enrique Recio.
Fred Yazdi said, "When I fired my weapon my intent was not for him to die, it was to stop him from firing at me...sobs"
For the first time, Fred Yazdi tells his side of the story on the night he fatally shot 23-year-old Enrique Recio.
On the stand, during his sentencing trial, Yazdi describes his feelings when his wife woke him on February 3, 2012.
"She was telling me that there was a burglar," Yazdi said. "My heart was pounding."
Recio's father, Henry also took the stand, describing how he had to tell his daughter what happened.
Recio said, "I told her, no...I told her, Rico was shot. He's dead and I had to hold her up because she lost her legs."
The courtroom watched Yazdi's reenactment video, where he claims the Texas State student banged on his front door twice.
Yazdi said, "He continued to run and I said, 'stop, or I'll shoot.'"
After crashing his car in front of Yazdi's home, Recio was apparently attempting to flee the scene on foot to avoid getting a DWI.
Authorities say Recio's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit for driving.
"I was in fear of my life. That is why I fired and unfortunately...unfortunately...he was hit and he passed away," said Yazdi.
Yazdi admitted to taking the equivalent of an Ambien sleeping pill that night.
The prosecution brought up a couple of incidents involving Yazdi after Recio was killed; a claim that Yazdi made a "throat slash" gesture toward a school crossing guard and a road rage incident in which Yazdi allegedly called himself "The Avery Ranch Killer."
Fred Yazdi's sentencing hearing is set for 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center.
He's facing up to 99 years in prison.