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Weiss trial begins with opening statements

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – With the jury set Tuesday morning, the day concluded with the testimonies of the first witnesses in the trial of Alexander Wiess.

The responding officers recounted what happened the morning of January 14th, 2018.

The central question surrounding the case involves whether deadly force was necessary for a verbal altercation and whether the defendant fulfilled his duty to retreat. The duty to retreat is one of four criteria that must be met to warrant the justifiable taking of a life.

Weiss claims to have been intimidated by the victim’s passenger which made him get his handgun from his car.

When the driver of the vehicle, Muhammad Rahim, approached him and allegedly reached for his handgun, Weiss loaded it and later fired.

Later in the week, the court will hear testimony from the state’s top witness, a third party at the scene who observed the shooting. This witness recounts a different set of events than the timeline laid out by Weiss.

Alex Tejada

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