Trial Opens in Home Invasion Shooting Case

A trial has begun for two Anchorage residents charged with manslaughter for the deaths of their suspected accomplices in a 2011 home invasion.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - A trial has begun for two Anchorage residents charged with manslaughter for the deaths of their suspected accomplices in a 2011 home invasion.
   
19-year-old Brian Pfister was the suspected lookout and 22-year-old Ursula Pico the suspected get-away driver when two 19-year-olds, Maurice T.R. Johnson and Joseph Trantham, tried to rob 55-year-old Larry James.
   
Police say James, bleeding from being hit with a gun, opened a safe, took out a handgun and shot Johnson and Trantham. He was cleared of wrongdoing.
   
Prosecutor James Fayette said in his opening statement Tuesday that Pfister and Pico helped plan the robbery and are responsible for their friends' deaths because getting shot was a foreseeable risk.
   
Defense attorneys say James is responsible for the deaths of Johnson and Trantham.