The defense for Arkanjelo Kot says he acted in self defense. Today, Kot had the chance to tell his side of the story when he was called to testify on his own behalf.
A shooting in August 2009 resulted in the death of Kot's cousin as well as a gunshot wound to Kot's foot. He was called to testify against 2 men who were later convicted of murder from that shooting incident.
Kot says after testifying, he had been told that he was now a target and was labeled as a "snitch."
A few months after the 2009 shooting, Kot legally purchased a handgun which he says was for protection.
Minutes prior to the shooting at the Pump & Pantry in 2010, Kot says an unfamiliar man approached him, threatened him and called him racial slurs. Kot says that made him concerned for his safety.
He returned to his vehicle, got his gun out of the back, loaded it in the car, and then walked back over to the man who was in a van.
Kot says he had no intention of shooting but heard someone from inside the van say "get the gun."
Kot says, that's when he let off a single shot.
The prosecution says that's not self-defense. They argue Kot could have driven off or called the police after the initial confrontation instead of approaching the van with a loaded gun.
The defense will continue their case Monday. The trial will resume at noon.
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