Jury hears opening remarks in Michigan road rage killing

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) -- A lawyer says a 69-year-old man who fatally shot another motorist in Genoa Township fired in self-defense after being punched in the jaw.

Jurors in Livingston County heard opening statements Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of 69-year-old Martin Zale. He shot Derek Flemming last September. Authorities call it a fatal case of road rage.

Flemming got out of his vehicle to confront Zale about aggressive driving. But defense attorney Melissa Pearce says Flemming was the aggressive driver, not Zale.

Pearce says Zale shot Flemming out of "imminent fear."

Prosecutor Daniel Rose told jurors that none of his witnesses will say they saw Flemming punch Zale.

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