Cape Cop Shooter Trial Concludes: Will Go to Jury Tomorrow

Yousel Rivera

Yousel Rivera

Closing arguments concluded this afternoon in the trial of Yousel Rivera, who shot Cape Coral police officer David Wagoner during a traffic stop. The Defense is not contesting that he is the shooter, so I didn’t use the term alleged. The allegation which will be decided by the jury, is whether the shooting constituted a criminal act. The Defense argued that the shooting was involuntary, due to a seizure disorder. At closing, the Defense also argued that a charge less that pre-meditated attempted murder might be appropriate, due to the Defendant’s mental state and inability to form the intent beforehand. The State made a strong case that his intent was made clear by accurately firing three shots, even as the officer was falling away. Deliberations will begin in the morning.

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