The man at the center of a Portage County murder trial testified in self-defense Thursday morning.
Kyle Engen testified that the victim, Deonta Lezine, was 'rapidly walking towards him' even after he pulled the gun out of his backpack, which also contained the two pounds of marijuana he was expecting to sell to someone other than Lezine.+
"The person who was in the backseat that was striking me opened the door and got out of the vehicle," Engen said. "I was terrified and I was just trying to get out of the situation."
Engen testified that's when he fired shots and stumbled away.
He was arrested in Colorado days after the shooting.
On Thursday, Engen's attorney asked why he left the state and Engen claimed it was because he knew he would be in trouble for having a firearm as a felon, not because of the shooting.