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Max Wade sits impassively with his attorney Charles Dresow as Deputy District Attorney Yvette Martinez-Shaw makes her closing statements in Marin Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in San Rafael, Calif. Wade is accused of attempted murder and of stealing a car from celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who made a brief appearance earlier. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) Frankie Frost

Closing arguments concluded Monday in the trial of Max Wade after an appearance on the stand by his most prominent alleged victim, television chef Guy Fieri.

Fieri's yellow Lamborghini was stolen from a San Francisco dealership in a daring burglary in 2011, the first in a string of crimes investigators say they linked to Wade. The prosecution alleges that Wade rappelled from the roof of the dealership to make off with the $200,000 car.

"I was pretty amazed," Fieri said outside court. "You hear about cars getting stolen. You never hear about a car getting stolen from a dealership."

Wade, 19, is potentially facing decades in prison. He is charged not only with the theft of Fieri's car, but also with the attempted murder of two teens in a Mill Valley shooting the following year.

After testifying at the Max Wade trial Monday, chef Guy Fieri talks outside court about the theft of his yellow Lamborghini. Wade is on trial for the theft
After testifying at the Max Wade trial Monday, chef Guy Fieri talks outside court about the theft of his yellow Lamborghini. Wade is on trial for the theft in Marin Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif. (Marin Independent Journal/Gary Klien)

The defense rested Monday after calling no witnesses. Wade did not testify.

In her closing argument, prosecutor Yvette Martinez-Shaw said the evidence -- text messages, witnesses, computer records, surveillance images -- clearly points to Wade's guilt. She said Wade aspired to be a "Hollywood-style" baddie with "Mission Impossible" skills.

"This defendant, when he sees what he wants, he takes it," she said.

Defense attorney Charles Dresow said the evidence was too lacking or ambiguous for the prosecution to meet its burden of proof.

"Reasonable doubt is the highest burden in the law," he said.


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The case began on April 13, 2012, when a black-clad, helmeted motorcyclist approached a pickup truck in Mill Valley and fired a handgun at a teenage couple inside. The victims, Eva Dedier and Landon Wahlstrom, escaped with minor injuries from flying glass.

Marin sheriff's investigators were able to identify the suspect as Wade, who was known to supply Dedier and other teens with fake IDs. Wade, who spent parts of his childhood in Tiburon and San Rafael, was also known to drive a yellow Lamborghini around Marin.

During the course of the shooting investigation, Marin County sheriff's detectives tailed Wade to a storage facility in Richmond. Wade was arrested after trying to flee and allegedly reaching for a gun he was carrying.

Inside the storage locker, investigators found the motorcycle he allegedly rode during the shooting, plus weapons, ammunition, fake IDs for three states, radio-jamming equipment, a replica police uniform -- and Fieri's Lamborghini.

The prosecution alleges that Wade committed the shooting because he desired Dedier and was angry she was dating Wahlstrom. Dresow, the defense attorney, said there was no evidence Wade was jealous or that he had threatened the victims.

Wade is charged with attempted murder, vehicle theft and other crimes. He was charged as an adult even though he was 17 at the time he was arrested.

The jury begins deliberations Tuesday afternoon.

Fieri, the final witness in the trial, testified only briefly. He acknowledged the car was his and that he gave no one permission