Testimony for Spokane New Year's Eve murder began Monday

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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 9:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Testimony in the trial of a Spokane man accused of killing another man on New Year’s Eve in 2012 began Monday.

Louis Hanson, 29, is accused of shooting and killing Aaron Cummings.
 
“Mr. Montoya then stepped back, pulled a gun and shot Aaron Cummings. Aaron Cummings died from that gunshot wound,” said  prosecuting attorney Mark Cipolla.

Authorities said the shooting was gang related.
 
“The world of gangs is a whole other wold. it is a whole different culture, different rules, different expectations,” said  defense attorney Steve Heintz.

In opening statements, the defense for Hanson claims the shooting was self-defense. They also said that “neither men involved were angels.”
 
There was no question who fired the fatal shot that ended Cummings’ life during opening arguments. The circumstances behind the shooting were what was up for debate.
 
Prosecutors said the two knives found on Cummings were tucked away in his pocket.

Cumming’s mother testified about the last minutes of his life. Witnesses said the victim, Aaron Cummings, never reached for a weapon.

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