Jury reaches verdict in trial of man accused in party shooting

Published On: Jun 13 2012 04:11:10 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2012 10:54:55 PM CDT

June 13, 2012: Jurors reach a guilty verdict in the case of a neighbor charged in the death of a man at a birthday party. Ryan Korsgard reports.


Jurors reached a verdict in the case of a neighbor charged in the death of a man at a birthday party.

Raul Rodriguez was found guilty of murder in the death of Kelly Danaher. He faces up to life in prison.

Danaher's wife, Mindy, was celebrating her birthday with a party at their home on Oak Knoll Drive in Huffman, Texas, on May 2, 2010.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez lived near the Danahers. He was upset about noise coming from the party and went to the Danahers' home to confront them, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez took a gun, flashlight and video camera along, officials said. He videotaped the confrontation. That videotaped was played in court during the trial.

Investigators said the confrontation escalated and Rodriguez fired shots. Kelly Danaher was killed and two other men were wounded.

In closing arguments on Wednesday, prosecutors described Rodriguez as a bully who went to the Danaher home armed with an arsenal of weapons and knowledge of the Texas right to carry law.

"He felt like he had ultimate control," prosecutor Donna Logan said. "The control to determine who lives and who dies."

Defense attorneys said Rodriguez fired in self-defense.

"Just because there is a tragedy and there is a family is left behind, that does not mean that a crime has been committed," defense attorney Neal Davis said.

On Tuesday, Mindy Danaher took the stand. She described how she heard the gunshots and was later told that her husband was dead.

Prosecutors showed Mindy Danaher a photograph of her husband alive, as well as one from his autopsy. She broke down and sobbed uncontrollably.

The judge in the case has revoked Rodriguez's bond and he will not be allowed to leave jail.


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