DELHI _ Glenford Hull's testimony about the shooting death of a Meridale man continued Tuesday and included rebuttals of his original statement to police.
Hull, 59, is charged with shooting Chance Caffery, 23, in the head Feb. 18, 2006, with a revolver at an apartment complex where the two lived on state Route 28 in Meridale.
Hull is on trial for the second time. He was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2006 and sentenced to 22 years to life in prison, but the conviction was overturned March 25, when the appellate court ruled Hull received ineffective help from counsel.
Hull testified Monday that he and Caffery became friends after they both moved into the apartment, but as time went on the relationship became tense over Caffery's use of marijuana and his pleasure in upsetting Hull's daughter Callie.
Hull said Caffery began challenging him to settle their differences physically.
Hull's attorney, Michael Jacobs of Stamford, questioned Hull about not calling 911 the day of the shooting, but Hull said he had called the Delaware County Sheriff's Department on three occasions in the past and never received a response.
Jacobs produced Hull's phone records, which Jacobs said documented the calls.
Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup began his cross-examination by asking Hull if he would characterize Caffery as a loudmouth.
Hull said Caffery was a "threatening loudmouth."
Northrup asked the court for permission to use portions of Hull's original statement to Investigator Timothy Buckley, which was taken Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The statement had been thrown out before the first trial because of a violation of Hull's right to counsel, but Northrup cited a case in which such testimony had been used to challenge the defendant's credibility.
Supreme Court Justice Michael V. Coccoma allowed the use of the statement.
Northrup questioned Hull about testimony Monday in which Hull said he didn't deliberately point the gun at Caffery and then had Hull review the previous statement in which he said, "He charged up the stairs, and I pointed it, and it happened so fast I didn't realize my daughter was standing right there."
Hull said he was in shock and confused when he gave the statement to police and added that the statement seemed garbled and out of order.
Jacobs' final question to Hull concerned what Hull's intention was when he got out the gun.
Hull said he wanted to scare Caffery, and that he never had any intention of hurting or killing him.
Northrup then asked Hull if he cocked the gun, pointed it at Caffery and shot him in the forehead.
Hull shook his head and said, "No, I did not intentionally shoot him."
Jacobs rested his case, and Northrup said he was calling a rebuttal witness.
Barbara White, who lived in the downstairs apartment next to Caffery at the time of the shooting, took the stand. She said she now lives in the senior housing complex in Delhi.
When Northrup tried to question White, she said she couldn't remember who her neighbors were at the time, but did remember Hull living there.
Northrup and Jacobs will give closing arguments beginning at 9 a.m. today. Coccoma will then give the jury the charges, and the jury will begin deliberation.
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