- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas judge who viewed video of a man firing a shotgun into a pickup truck decided a defendant should stand trial on felony murder and shooting charges in his neighbor’s death.

Deputy public defense attorney Nancy Lemcke said Monday that her client, James Stapleton, intends to plead not guilty when he’s arraigned Wednesday in Clark County District Court in the May 7 slaying of Giancarlo John Banova.

Stapleton may argue self-defense.

Prosecutor John Giordani concedes the 60-year-old Banova fired first with a handgun, wounding the 46-year-old Stapleton in the chest and arm during the shootout in northwest Las Vegas.

Giordani says home security video shows Stapleton firing four shotgun blasts into the pickup.

Police say Stapleton also sent text messages to his ex-girlfriend about the shooting.

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