Trail of 23 yr old man who shot friend in the head starts.
Cape Coral - A trial started Tuesday for a Cape Coral man charged with manslaughter after shooting and killing his friend in 2004.
Christopher Phillips, 23, faces up to 30 years in prison for the first-degree felony.
Attorneys presented their opening arguments Tuesday, and the trial is expected to take several days.
According to investigators, Phillips was holding a .40-caliber Glock handgun when he shot 21-year-old Michael "Anthony" Maconi of Cape Coral in the head, investigators said.
Maconi died later at Lee Memorial Hospital. Phillips told police he didn't know the gun was loaded, and he's pleaded innocent to the charges.
Lee County Circuit Judge James Thompson is presiding over the trial.
Maconi's father, Joe Maconi, wouldn't discuss the case, but he said he's happy it's finally come before a jury.
"It took long enough," he said. "I'm just glad it's finally under way."
Prosecutor Kelly Worcester and defense attorney Peter Ringsmuth couldn't be reached for comment.
Cape Coral police initially said Phillips, Maconi and two other friends — Brent Moliengo and Kevin Debello — were passing around the handgun when Phillips allegedly shot Maconi.
Police later amended that, saying Phillips shot Maconi as the victim walked into the room at 1718 S.E. 13th St.
Phillips had a concealed weapon permit and had the gun for six months before the shooting, police said. He had installed a laser sight on the gun.
What an idiot. Sounds like he was showing off his new laser.
Let's go over the FOUR BASIC rules for gun safety, again.
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET