Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez said during his closing argument at Officer Richard Chrismanâ€™s murder trial that the officer was the aggressor in the October 2010 incident.
Chrisman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty.
maintains that the shootings of 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and his
pit bull were justified because Rodriguez reached for the officerâ€™s gun.
said the evidence doesnâ€™t show Rodriguez was assaulting the officer.
also said Chrisman put a gun to Rodriguezâ€™s head and later shot him for no reason. â€œA person cannot take out a gun, point it at someone and then when that person steps back, shoot them,â€ Martinez
told jurors. â€œAnd, after I do it Iâ€™m going to get all my friends to cover it up,â€ Mehrens said.