Gerard M. Shaffer (L), died after being charged in the road rage beating. His son Gerard (R), now 23, is accused of brutally beating a pedestrian over who had the right of way.
The attorney for a Philadelphia man says his client's late father is to blame for a pedestrian's April 2010 death.
Opening statements began Tuesday in the murder trial of 23-year-old Gerard Shaffer Jr.
Fifty-four-year-old Mark Wallace died after what began as a verbal altercation while he crossed the street in front of an SUV driven by the defendant's father, Gerard Shaffer Sr.
Wallace died after 13 days on life support.
Shaffer's father, a 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, was charged but died of a heart attack in 2011.
Defense attorney Coley Reynolds said his client was trying to stop the fight.
Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim said the defendant “wanted to be a tough guy” like his father, a former firefighter.