Deadly Neighborhood Feud Trial Winding Down
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with killing a neighbor in a long-running feud has testified he did it because the man conveyed a threat to his wife through his body language and words he couldn't hear.
Neal Zumberge, of New Brighton, took the stand in his own defense Monday. He's charged with first-degree murder for the May 2014 shooting death of Todd Stevens.
Zumberge testified he could hear Stevens arguing with his wife but not their words. However, he said, using lip-reading and other skills he learned from growing up with a deaf brother, he could tell Stevens threatened to kill her. He said he also thought he saw Stevens reach for a gun.
Prosecutors say Zumberge had a grudge against Stevens because of Stevens' practice of feeding deer, and other disputes.