Trial reconvenes for man who killed neighbor in party dispute

Trial reconvenes for man who killed neighbor in party dispute

By Brian Rogers

Houston Chronicle

Jurors Monday returned to court to hear witnesses defend Raul Rodriguez, who was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Kelly Danaher, a neighbor who was having a loud party.

Rodriguez videotaped his encounter with Danaher and a group of his friends just after midnight on May 2, 2010.

The 22-minute video shows Rodriguez confronting Danaher and his guests about a birthday party in a rural northwest Harris County neighborhood. Rodriguez tells the men he is in fear for his life and is standing his ground.

The video ends with a gunshot after, apparently, Danaher and two other men charged Rodriguez on the road next to Danaher's driveway. Jurors rejected defense claims that Rodriguez was acting in self-defense and convicted the 47-year-old on June 13.

Jurors heard from prosecutors about Rodriguez's past, including several run-ins with his neighbors, but because of a scheduling conflict, the trial has been on a break for more than a week.

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