LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A verdict is expected today in the trial of Yousel Rivera. He faces life in prison, accused of shooting Cape Coral Police Officer David Wagoner during at a traffic stop in 2011. Officer Wagoner was wearing a bulletproof vest and survived.
After more than a week of hearing testimony, a jury is listening to closing arguments in the case against Rivera. The jury will decide whether Rivera will face life behind bars for attempted First Degree Murder.
The 22-year-old admitted to shooting at Officer Wagoner three times back in 2011. Officer Wagoner has been in court throughout the trial and is present again today, surrounded by Lee County Sheriff's deputies.
The defense is trying to prove that Rivera suffers from a condition that causes him to have epileptic seizures. They argue that's what happened the night he shot Wagoner, but during today's closing arguments, the prosecution pushed their point of premediation.
"He's a law enforcement officer. The defendants aware of it. He sees him as a threat. He's got marijuana. He's got a revolver. He knows the officers going to come around and check him out. And as soon as Officer Wagoner turns around...shoots him to kill him," said lead prosecutor Steven Russell.
We'll be in court all day, and will bring you the verdict as soon as it's read.