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Neighbor testifies about night Nellis airman was shot to death

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - A 36-year-old ex-convict is standing trial in Las Vegas on murder, conspiracy and other charges in the shooting death of a U.S. Air Force sergeant from Guam in what prosecutors say was a plot hatched by the dead man's wife.

Michael Rudolph Rodriguez is the first of four co-defendants to stand trial in the December 2010 slaying of Nathan Paet in the driveway of his home. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutor Frank Coumou told a jury Monday that Rodriguez was waiting and shot Paet as he left for work at Nellis Air Force Base. Neighbor Jameson Bauman testified about the night of the murder.

"The neighborhood was dead until I heard gunshots," he said. He said he was outside walking his dog when he heard the series of gunshots that ended Rodriguez's life. He was shot five times.

Bauman testified he saw a black Cadillac speed away.

"The lights came on, and then they quickly turned off and they left as quickly as possible," Bauman said.

Paet's wife, Michelle Paet, is accused of alerting Rodriguez when her husband was leaving the house.

Two co-defendants, Jessica Ashley and Corry Hawkins, also await trial.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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