Closing arguments set in trial of man accused in party shooting

Raul Rodriguez accused of killing Kelly Danaher

HOUSTON - Jurors will soon deliberate in the case of a neighbor charged in the death of a man at a birthday party.

Raul Rodriguez has been charged with murder in the death of Kelly Danaher.

Danaher's wife, Mindy, was celebrating her birthday with a party at their home on Oak Knoll Drive in Huffman, Texas, on May 2, 2010.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez lived near the Danahers. He was upset about noise coming from the party and went to the Danahers' home to confront them, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez took a gun, flashlight and video camera along, officials said. He videotaped the confrontation.

Investigators said the confrontation escalated and Rodriguez fired shots. Kelly Danaher was killed and two other men were wounded.

On Tuesday, Mindy Danaher took the stand. She described how she heard the gunshots and was later told that her husband was dead.

Prosecutors showed Mindy Danaher a photograph of her husband alive, as well as one from his autopsy. She broke down and sobbed uncontrollably.

Defense attorneys said Rodriguez fired in self-defense.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Wednesday morning. If the jury finds Rodriguez guilty, he could face up to life in prison.

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