Lexington man is convicted in 2011 slaying

gkocher1@herald-leader.comOctober 4, 2012 

A jury found a Lexington man guilty Wednesday of second-degree manslaughter in a 2011 fatal shooting.

Mike Douglas Rieder, 51, was found guilty in the death of James R. Muzic, 29.

After a trial that began Monday in Fayette Circuit Court, the jury recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison.

Rieder and Muzic, a Marine, apparently met at the Office Lounge bar on Eastland Parkway near New Circle Road.

According to the police report, Muzic asked Rieder for a ride home about 1 a.m. April 17, 2011. Rieder drove Muzic to the corner of Eastland and New Circle, which is only several feet from the bar's parking lot, the report said.

The car stopped near the Shell gas station at the intersection after the two began arguing, investigators said.

Police said Rieder asked Muzic to get out of the car. Muzic refused, and Rieder "pulled (Muzic) from the car." Rieder then "retrieved the gun he was carrying and pointed it at" Muzic, according to the report.

"The gun discharged, killing (the) victim," the report said. The shooting happened at 1:08 a.m.

Both men were outside the car when the shooting occurred.

Rieder drove off, but he later called police and turned himself in. He was arrested at 1:45 a.m. April 17, 2011 at his home, the report said.

Rieder, a father of two young boys and a girl, had never been charged with a crime in Lexington before the shooting. He had claimed self-defense during the trial.

The jury deliberated for more than four hours before returning a verdict, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Laren.

Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone scheduled sentencing for Nov. 1.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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