- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers for a Vermont man charged with gunning down a woman during what police called an incident of road rage nearly two years ago say he only intended to hurt himself.

The second-degree murder trial of Matthew Webster of Swanton started Wednesday.

Police say Webster ran a red light in St. Albans and was nearly struck by 30-year-old Anna Alger’s car on Sept. 25, 2013. Alger got out and was yelling as she approached Webster. He told police he got scared as she charged “like a six-point buck coming up over a hill” and he fired his gun. Police found 11 shell casings on the ground.

Webster’s attorneys say he tried to kill himself moments before the shooting.

WCAX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1RzvCd7 ) that the trial is slated to last three weeks.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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