- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The man charged with murder for a shooting at Alaska’s busiest mall acted in self-defense when he fired two rounds at close range and killed Edwing Matos, his attorney argued.

“What Mr. (Terence) Gray did was justified, it was the only thing that he could do,” defense attorney Brendan Kelly said Thursday during opening statements.

Gray was terrified of Matos, because Matos was trying to find out who had burglarized his home and Gray knew who had done it, Kelly said. As they met at the mall, Gray heard Matos tell someone by phone he would have to shoot Gray, Kelly said.

A state prosecutor painted a different picture, KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1olTvGO) reported.

Gray showed up at the mall wearing a wig and a fake mustache and coldly killed Matos because of a dispute over a stolen PlayStation video game console, said assistant attorney general Robert Henderson.

The dispute began when Matos responded to a Craigslist ad to buy a replacement for the stolen PlayStation, Henderson said.

Matos sent his cousin, Dennis Johnson to buy the console from Gray.

“Edwing went home, fired it up, surprise surprise: this was one of the PlayStations that was stolen from their house,” Henderson said.

Matos and Johnson arranged to meet Gray at the Dimond Center to talk about the rest of the stolen property, Henderson said. The men talked for a few minutes and Gray pulled out a gun. He shot Matos in the head and chest, Henderson said. Prosecutors say he tried to fire the gun at Johnson but it did not go off.

Henderson played a mall security video of the shooting for jurors.

Gray is also charged with attempted murder and assault.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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