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Mike Montana Trial: Jury deliberations underway Wednesday

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Jury deliberation are underway Wednesday in the trial of Mike Montana who is accused of trying to kill CBS News 8 Sports Director Kyle Kraska.

Mike Montana, 55, is charged with attempted murder for the ambush shooting outside Kraska's home in February 2015.

In her closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Zipp told a jury that Mike Montana "mechanically tried to kill Kyle Kraska" on Feb. 10, 2015, as Kraska got in his car to leave for work about 3 p.m.

The day of the attack, Montana waited for Kraska to get in his car, then walked up to the vehicle and shot out tires, fired into the engine, and shot Kraska at least three times, the prosecutor said.

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Kraska was shot in the bicep, leg and twice in the chest on Feb. 10, 2015. Bullets damaged his liver and one of his lungs.

"He (Montana) was so angry ... so focused on getting revenge on Kyle Kraska," Zipp told the jury.

Montana fired 11 shots in all, with 10 hitting the car, according to the prosecutor.

"The shooting was carried out in an orderly way," Zipp said. "He almost killed him."

Prosecutors say Montana sought to murder Kraska because Kraska didn't pay him $2,200 for a house painting job Montana never finished. Montana's defense argues he was on medication at the time and never intended to kill Kyle.

Defense attorney Richard Jayakumar told the jury that Montana, who is also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, was intoxicated from a barrage of prescription medications that he began taking after two back surgeries dating back to 2011.

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Kraska testified that he hired Montana to paint the outside of his home in the fall of 2014, with an agreement that called for $800 up front and $2,200 upon completion.

The witness said he wrote a check for $800, but Montana failed to show up the first day and his attendance was not very good after that.

The defendant faces nearly 38 years to life in prison if convicted.

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