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