Trial beginning for man accused of shooting car thief suspect

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by AP & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 1:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The trial is beginning this week in Spokane for a man accused of killing a man who was taking his SUV.
 
Gail Gerlach is charged with manslaughter in the March 2013 shooting of 25-year-old Brendan Kaluza-Graham.
 
Gerlach says he fired when he thought he saw a gun. Police found no gun in the vehicle. Prosecutors say the shooting was not justified because there was no imminent threat.
 
Other media outlets report the judge will hear motions Monday on whether the jury will hear from a self-defense expert. The defense wants to take the jury to the shooting scene and inspect the SUV.
 
If convicted, the 57-year-old Gerlach faces 8-to-10 years in prison.

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