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Leroy Fief murder trial

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Fief, background, is on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo on Dec. 9, 2012. Fief's lawyer, Jeremy Snow, foreground, has been arguing that Fief acted out of recklessness and heat-of-the-moment aggression and not with the intent to kill.

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Fief will not testify in murder trial

Leroy Fief, on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo, told the Moffat County Court on Wednesday that he would not testify on his own behalf. Fief’s announcement came as a surprise, since even his lawyer, Jeremy Snow, said he had not anticipated Fief's change of heart. Fief had been expected to testify since the beginning of the trial. Snow said his client made the decision based on Judge Michael O’Hara’s final choice on jury instruction.

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