Ricky Kyle's attorneys admitted for the first time Tuesday that their client fired the shot that killed his millionaire father, but they said the shooting occurred after the elder Kyle first fired a shot at his son.
In his opening statement to the Los Angeles Superior Court jury hearing the younger Kyle's murder trial, attorney Michael P. Gibson called the shooting of Henry Harrison Kyle "justifiable homicide."
Prosecutors Lewis Watnick and John Moulin called nearly two dozen witnesses before resting their case Tuesday. They charge that Ricky Kyle, 22, shot his father in the dining room of the elder Kyle's Bel-Air mansion because he feared being cut from the real estate and movie production tycoon's will.
Three witnesses--young Kyle's half-sister, her former fiance and Ricky Kyle's brother-in-law--testified for the prosecution that the younger Kyle had told them he shot his father in the back at close range.