Jurors Wednesday evening ruled Raul Rodriguez is guilty in the shooting death of Kelly Danaher at a 2010 party in northeast Harris County.
The jury deliberated about five hours in state District Judge David Mendoza’s court. They will return Thursday to consider his punishment.
Jurors decided that Rodriguez provoked Danaher and others by going to their party to demand they quiet down just after midnight on May 2, 2010. Defense lawyers said Rodriguez should have been found not guilty of murder because it was self-defense.
Rodriguez approached the party, upset by the noise, and videotaped the encounter. During the last seven minutes of the 22-minute video, Rodriguez can be heard telling the partygoers he wants them to turn down the noise, then that he is afraid the drunken group will hurt him.
Prosecutors said Rodriguez, 47, was parroting buzzwords he learned in a concealed handgun licensing class like “I’m standing my ground,” and “escalating the situation” to bully his neighbors.
Source: Brian Rogers for Chron.com.