Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Stein, who tried the case, rejected the idea that the shooting was a mistake. The officer's holster was specially designed to prevent easy release of his firearm. And the prosecutor contrasted the light, bright yellow Taser gun with the heavier black Sig Sauer handgun that Mehserle fired.
Stein argued that Mehserle, 28, intentionally fired his handgun in anger as he tried to handcuff Grant.
"When an officer who has been trained to use a gun takes it out and fires a bullet, they intend to shoot. It's that simple," Stein told jurors.
In tearful testimony, Mehserle said he intended to use his Taser because he believed Grant might be reaching for a gun in his pants pocket. While the officer's firearm was on his right side, the Taser was in a holster on the left side of his belt, but angled so it could be pulled out with his right hand.
Two people, including a friend of Grant's, testified that they heard the officer say he intended to use his Taser shortly before the shooting. Numerous witnesses said the officer looked shocked after the gunshot.