District Attorney John Giordani, left, speaks to Wayne Newton in the state of Nevada case against Weslie Martin, accused of burglarizing Newton's home. (Photo: Erik Verduzco, AP)
Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and daughter encountered fleeing their home a year ago.
The 77-year-old “Danke Shoen” singer testified Tuesday that he shot once into the air with a five-shot revolver he carries with him.
Newton remembered his wife, Kathleen Newton, yelling for him to shoot as one of the fleeing men stopped to pick up a duffel bag he dropped while hitting a family dog with a tire iron.
He said the men disappeared through a hedge toward a wall on his large property in Las Vegas.
Wayne Newton testifies June 18 in the state of Nevada case against Weslie Martin, accused of burglarizing Newton's Las Vegas home. (Photo: Erik Verduzco, AP)
The testimony came during the trial for 22-year-old Weslie Martin, who prosecutors say was one of those burglars, and who later sold Newton valuables to a coin and jewelry store.
Prosecutor Jory Scarborough says Martin also was responsible for a break-in two weeks earlier at the Newton home, and at a neighboring property.
Martin’s public defender, Will Ewing, told jurors that only a vague video security image ties Martin to the second break-in, which the Newtons interrupted when they returned home.
If convicted, Martin faces 11 felonies and sentencing as a habitual criminal.
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