LONG BEACH - Despite exhortations by a trial judge to speed up proceedings, the trial of a Long Beach man accused of gunning down another local man outside a Belmont Shore bar limped into its 11th day.
Stanley Park, who shot and killed Michael Martoni during a fight 2008 outside Yankee Doodles, 4100 E. Ocean Blvd., is facing his second trial after a 2011 trial ended in a deadlock.
Park, who faces murder and weapons charges, admits to the shooting and illegally carrying a loaded gun into the restaurant, but he claims the shooting was in self-defense.
Judge Jesse Rodriguez, exasperated by the pace of the trial, told both the defense and prosecutor that he would accept no more delays.
"I'm moving forward.
Thursday's proceedings included a defense request for a continuance being denied.
Most of the action in front of the jury, which had members arriving late for the second straight day, revolved around testimony by a ballistics expert. The expert testified that a shot to Martoni's head, the second shot fired by Park, came while Martoni was standing and not, as the prosecutor contends, while Martoni was on the ground helpless and already dead or dying.
Park testified he was "terrified" after Martoni attacked him without provocation outside the bar, dazing him with a punch to the head. Park contends he only pulled the gun and fired after Martoni lunged at him two times.
Park has also admitted he fled after the shooting and disposed of the gun in the Los Angeles River before turning himself in almost two weeks later. The defendant also admitted to using cocaine earlier in the evening of the shooting.
The day concluded with the recitation of witness testimony from 2008 with the defense continuing to push its claim that Park didn't shoot Martoni while he was prone.
Rodriguez became agitated again when the defense continued to recite repetitive testimony from two interviews.
Trial continues today and is expected to continue into the early part of next week before final arguments and deliberations begin.