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Man faces murder and weapons charge in California

There is always more than one side to a story. People need to hear all perspectives before passing judgment on another. This is particularly true when it comes to criminal court cases. One man is now looking to present his side of his story after being arrested on a weapons charge as well as attempted murder and variety of other charges in California.

The man was arrested in early August 2014 after the 49-year-old defendant shot a 41-year-old male victim outside of the victim's home. Both the prosecution and the defense agree that the defendant shot the victim in the stomach. However, the defendant claims that there is another side to the story and that he had shot the victim in self-defense. The defendant claims that the victim had tried to attack the him with a knife.

The prosecution claims that the victim had his hands up in the air when the defendant shot him. The prosecution alleges that after the defendant shot the victim he then shot three to eight rounds at a nearby horse pen. Authorities later discovered a dead horse; however, investigators did not find any bullet holes in the dead body of the horse, according to the defense. The defense is expected to have a veterinarian testify that the horse had already been dead prior to the incident.

The defense will also have the option to call other expert witnesses and provide further evidence that can undermine the prosecution's case against the defendant. However, in order to do this successfully, the defendant will need to have knowledge of rules of evidence for court in California. If the defendant is successful, it may result in the murder charge and weapons charge being dismissed, or at least it may have the punishment minimized.

Source: fresnobee.com, "Criminal trial starts for former California gubernatorial candidate", Pablo Lopez, Sept. 9, 2015

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