Float trip death trial begins in Steelville

STEELVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) – Opening statements begin Tuesday in a case that could help define the rights of property owners in Missouri.

James Crocker admitted to killing a man who stopped near his house while floating down the Meramec River. He claims it was justified because he felt threatened when the man floated onto his property.

Prosecutors say Crocker's actions amount to murder, and he only became enraged when the man urinated near his yard.

The trial in Crawford County is expected to last all week.

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