- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The trial is under way for a man facing more charges after he was convicted of using a chemical weapon and making false statements to the FBI.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1VdrYpc) attorneys gave opening arguments Tuesday in the case against Todd Russell Fries. He faces 27 counts, including attempted first-degree murder.

Deputy County Attorney Sterling Struckmeyer told jurors Fries tried to terrorize and kill Myles and Karen Levine when they refused to pay $500 for work that left their driveway slippery.

Defense attorney Richard Bock said his client’s actions were not much more than criminal mischief.

The trial is expected to last less than three weeks.



Fries is in prison on a 17-year sentence for federal charges related to the case, including unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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