During opening statements Wednesday morning, the defense told the court that while Manning pulled the trigger, it was an act of self-defense.
The defense claimed Manning shot Mc Phatter only after she pulled a gun on him following an argument over their relationship.
* * * During pre-trial motions on Tuesday of last week, Manning said police bullied him into giving a confession the night he was arrested.
He also claimed police never read him his rights, or gave him a chance to call an attorney.
Goodman remained in the vehicle and Manning got out, taking Goodman's cigarette lighter and the gas can.