Seabrook optometrist fired shots in self-defense, attorney tells jurors in murder trial

A Seabrook optometrist was in “a fight for his life” when he fatally shot a 36-year-old neighbor who had crashed the doctor’s late-night party, defense attorneys told jurors Monday.

Karl Edward Hormann, 56, had already called police when Brandon Smith brandished a knife and was threatening his guests, including several teenagers, attorney Skip Cornelius told the jurors.

Prosecutors, however, told jurors during the trial’s opening statements that Smith did not have a weapon and was trying to leave the scene when he was shot.

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