Man on trial for deadly shooting says he was fearful for his life

Man on trial for deadly shooting says he was fearful for his life

The man on trial for shooting two people in Madison in 2015 took the stand in his own defense Tuesday.

Sophea Mouth testified that he was fearful for his life when he shot and killed Tom Dreger at a body shop on Madison’s west side.

Dreger came to change the locks on the building after a foreclosure.

Mouth said Dreger had a history of being violent toward him, and that Dreger charged at him in anger the day of the shooting.

“I didn’t know the extent of his anger,” Mouth said in court Tuesday. “Whether he was going to break my leg or break my neck or kill me. There’s no way to predict for sure what he was going to do.”

Mouth is also accused of shooting Dreger’s friend, Greg Pongratz, who survived the shooting. He is now a quadriplegic from a bullet that went through his jaw and pierced his spine.

The prosecution rested its case Monday. The trial is expected to conclude this week.

Mouth is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree attempted homicide.