Jury deliberations start in murder trial

first_imgNORWALK – Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up their arguments and jurors began deliberating Thursday in a murder trial in which the defendant allegedly bragged about the shooting in a letter. Defense attorney Robert Conley told Norwalk Superior Court jurors that his client shot Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier in self-defense. Randy Aguila, 20, of Whittier is charged with murder in the car-to-car shooting Sept. 22. After the shooting, Rubio’s car continued driving, crashed through a fence and drove into the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School. Deputy District Attorney Doug Herring gave jurors his version of events before the shooting. He said Aguila’s car was blocking traffic near Godoy Street and Vicki Drive, where he was talking to a group of friends. Herring said Aguila is a member of a Los Nietos gang that claims the area as its territory. Rubio had just finished having lunch at his mother’s house nearby and was on his way to work when he encountered the blocked street. Witnesses testified they heard yelling between the cars. “The defendant pulled his gun up to his lap,” Herring said. “He said, `Where are you from?’ He was asking if he had a gang affiliation. The defendant has already decided he is going to shoot. He had the gun on his lap. He confirmed Mr. Rubio was not from his gang. Anybody else is going to die.” Conley said Aguila was terrified after Rubio yelled at him, making him afraid for his safety. He said Rubio threatened Aguila and was getting out of his car to attack the defendant. He said Aguila fired in Rubio’s direction to protect himself. He asked the jury to find Aguila not guilty by reason of self-defense. Aguila has no prior criminal record. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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