Murder trial for ex-Phoenix officer begins

By By JACQUES BILLEAUD

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury selection has begun for a former Phoenix police officer charged with murder and animal cruelty in the fatal shootings of an unarmed man and his dog during a domestic dispute call.

Authorities say then-Officer Richard Chrisman broke the law in his response to the 2010 call that ended with the death of 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez at the south Phoenix trailer that Rodriguez shared with his mother.

Chrisman's partner told investigators that there was no threat being made against either officer.

Chrisman's attorney says the shooting was justified because Rodriguez reached for the officer's gun during a tussle that preceded the shooting.

Chrisman was fired five months after Rodriguez's death.

Jury selection began Monday. Attorneys are expected to make opening arguments Wednesday.

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