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Martin Lau Found Guilty of Deliberate Homicide

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Martin Lau has been found guilty of one count of deliberate homicide in the 2012 shooting death of Donald Kline.

A verdict was reached in day four of the trial at the Teton County Courthouse. In closing arguments this afternoon, the State stated that, "shooting an unarmed man in his own home is not self-defense." They showed the rifle Lau used to kill Kline and played the 911 call from the moments before the incident happened. Condemning evidence included photos taken in the days after the shooting which showed that Lau never incurred any bruising on his face, despite claims that Kline had punched him first. 

Kline was in his own home and was unarmed. 

The defense countered that Lau only went back into the house due to his concern that something was going to happen to his friend, and Klein's housemate, Susan Pfeifer. They argued that Lau had the right to have his gun out since Kline had threatened Lau and he feared bodily harm.

Judge Robert Olson ordered Lau, who had been free on bail, to be taken into custody immediately. Sentencing is expected to happen within the next two weeks. Lau faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars.

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