Trial begins for shooting of San Diego sportscaster

Trial begins for shooting of San Diego sportscaster

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Prosecutors say a house painter intended to kill a San Diego TV sports anchor when he ambushed the man outside his home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/29D9wGx) that Monday marked the start of 55-year-old Mike Montana’s trial on a charge of premeditated attempted murder.

Sportscaster Kyle Kraska had hired Montana to paint his Scripps Ranch home and there was a dispute over the payment. Montana shot at Kraska in retaliation in February 2015, injuring the sports anchor but not killing him.

Montana’s attorney said in his opening statement that Montana did not intend to kill Kraska, only to shoot up his car. Deputy Public Defender Richard Jayakumar also argued that Montana’s mental state was altered by the prescription pain medications he had been taking for years.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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