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Man claims self-defense in "reverse Trayvon Martin" murder trial

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Remember George Zimmerman?  The former neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin -- an unarmed African American teenager.

Zimmerman is back in trouble with the law after police responded to a disturbance call at his house in Florida.  As you'll recall - Zimmerman was acquitted and his case set off a nationwide debate about race and self-defense.

Here in Arizona, we have a trial that's been called the reverse Trayvon Martin case: an African American man shooting a victim who was white, claiming it was self defense under the "stand your ground" law.

30 states have some sort of stand your ground law and that includes Arizona.  In this case, the shooter's attorney says they thought his life was in danger and he had to shoot. The jury listened to closing arguments from both sides.

The victim, Daniel Adkins, was shot and killed outside of a Taco Bell restaurant.  Cordell Jude was pulling out of the drive thru when Adkins walked out in front of his car.  Adkins yelled at Jude for almost running him and his dog over.  Defense attorneys say Adkins hit the car and Jude was forced to defend himself and his pregnant girlfriend, but prosecutors say Jude got angry, pulled out his loaded gun and shot and killed an unarmed man.

"The choices that Mr. Jude made to drive around Phoenix with a loaded weapon, with one in the chamber ready to go at a moment's notice, ready to use that gun at the slightest chance he needed it," said prosecutor Kirsten Valenzuela.  "He wasn't scared, he was startled and then he got angry when this victim had the gall to come and yell at him and even scream at him and even raise his hand at his car..  he chose to pull that gun off his lap and shoot a completely unarmed man."

And defense attorneys reminded the jury that Jude didn't run away.  His girlfriend immediately called 911.  They stayed on the phone with 911 until police arrived at the scene. They also stayed on scene and let detectives interview them for hours.

The jury should start deliberating Tuesday.

Follow this story: Self-defense shooting trial: Suspect charged with 2nd degree murder

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