Friesz Murder, Arson Trial Begins in Mandan

The jury trial began Tuesday for 51-year-old Rodney Friesz of Mandan.

Friesz is accused of killing his neighbor in 2014 and then setting fire to his mobile home to hide the evidence.

Friesz is charged with Class AA murder. Prosecutors say he shot Gene Jasmine in the head before setting fire to his home on Oct. 9, 2014.

A number of different witnesses took the stand Tuesday, including a forensic examiner, who showed the jury pictures of the victim. Both the defense and the prosecution describe it as a gruesome case.

For her opening statement, Assistant State Attorney Gabrille Goter talks about the conversation Friesz had with the officers the day the incident took place.

"You'll hear him say that he, that shot Mr. Jasmine in the head, went outside, grabbed gas, came back in, poured it, Mr. Jasmine's still alive, the place starts going up in smoke and burning, and at that point he leaves, does not call for help. He will tell enforcement he does not call for help, he does not go to law enforcement center, he does not call the fire department," Goter said.

The trial will continue Wednesday and is scheduled to last three days.