- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The attorney for a New Brighton man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor says the defendant fired his gun to protect his wife.

Lawyer Gary Wolf told jurors in Ramsey County District Court that Neal Zumberge saw his neighbor, Todd Stevens, threatening his wife and reach for a gun holster, so he fired. It was later determined Stevens was not armed.

Wolf says Zumberge had reason to fear the worst because of a long-running dispute with Stevens, who was killed in front of his home in May 2014. The 58-year-old Zumberge is on trial for first-degree premeditated murder and three other felonies.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1L87FWF ) reports prosecutor Anna Christie told jurors the shooting was planned and intentional. The trial continues Thursday.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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