HOUSTON — Relatives of a man who claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after an argument about a noisy party told jurors Monday he was not an abusive person and always stressed the importance of gun safety.

Raul Rodriguez, 46, faces up to life in prison for the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher.

Rodriguez, a retired Houston-area firefighter, was angry about the noise coming from a birthday party at his neighbor's home. He went over and got into an argument with Danaher, a 36-year-old elementary school teacher, and two other men who were at the party.

In a 22-minute video he recorded the night of the shooting, Rodriguez can be heard telling a police dispatcher "my life is in danger now" and "these people are going to go try and kill me." He then said, "I'm standing my ground here," and shot Danaher. The two other men were wounded.

Rodriguez's reference to standing his ground is similar to the claim made by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who is citing Florida's stand-your-ground law in his defense in the fatal February shooting of an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. Rodriguez's case, however, was decided under a different kind of self-defense doctrine.

Eleven witnesses, mostly family members, testified Monday on behalf of Rodriguez as the punishment phase of his trial resumed after a more than week-long delay due to scheduling conflicts. Defense attorneys expected to present several more witnesses Tuesday before wrapping up.

It was the first time jurors heard anyone testify for Rodriguez as defense attorneys did not present any witnesses before he was convicted June 13.

James Coleman, one of Rodriguez's stepsons, testified he had a good relationship with his stepfather.

"He was strict but he was fair with us. He was never abusive to us," he said. Several prosecution witnesses had testified that they saw Rodriguez hit his children, including one incident in 2008 where he got into a fight with his biological son Richard Rodriguez.

Richard Rodriguez told jurors that he started the fight, took the first punch and later regretted the incident.

"I love my father," Richard Rodriguez, 24, said as his father cried at the defense table. Rodriguez also has three other biological children and another stepson, Austin Coleman.

James Coleman, 20, said Rodriguez would reread his safety manual after getting his concealed handgun license in 2008 and that his stepfather taught his children to respect weapons.

While several prosecution witnesses told jurors Rodriguez intimidated neighbors by showing them his handgun, Austin Coleman, 16, testified he never saw his stepfather show off his handguns while out in public.

Richard Rodriguez said his father owned a few rifles and five or six pistols but wouldn't describe him as a gun fanatic.

Prosecution witnesses, including former co-workers and neighbors, have told jurors during the punishment phase that Rodriguez was abusive, a bad neighbor and once shot a dog.

Rodriguez's 18-year-old son, Daniel Rodriguez, told jurors Monday that his father shot an aggressive dog after it wandered on their property and threatened them.

Prosecutors called Rodriguez the aggressor who took a gun to complain about loud music and could have safely left his neighbor's driveway in Huffman, an unincorporated area about 30 miles northeast of Houston, any time before the shooting. Defense attorneys argued Rodriguez was defending himself when one of the men lunged at him and he had less than a second to respond.

Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law is known as the Castle Doctrine. It was revised in 2007 to expand the right to use deadly force. The new version allows people to defend themselves in their homes, workplaces or vehicles. It also says a person using force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time. Legal experts say the expansion in general gave people wider latitude on the use of deadly force.

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  • This undated picture made available by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows Raul Rodriguez who was charged with murder in a triple shooting that left one man dead and two others injured during a dispute over the neighbor's loud party early Sunday, May 2, 2010. When music at a neighbor's party got too loud for his liking, Rodriguez - armed with a gun and a video camera - showed up to complain. The retired firefighter ended up in a verbal confrontation, telling a police dispatcher by phone he feared for his life and was "standing my ground." But Texas doesn't have the kind of law at the center of the Trayvon Martin slaying in Florida, and prosecutors trying Rodriguez for murder call him an aggressor who could have safely left his neighbor's driveway at any time. (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff's Office via Houston Chronicle)

  • Kelly Danaher

    This undated picture provided by the New Caney Independent School District via the Houston Chronicle shows Kelly Danaher, formerly a physical education teacher at an elementary school in New Caney, Texas. Danaher, 36, was killed in a confrontation over noise with neighbor Raul Rodriguez, who said he was "standing his ground" in the conflict. The incident involving Rodriguez, who is now on trial, happened two years before the shooting death in February of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida that sparked protests across the U.S., and spurred debate about whether race was a factor and in the initial police handling of the case. (AP Photo/New Caney Independent School District via Houston Chronicle)

  • Raul Rodriguez

    Raul Rodriguez leaves a Houston courtroom during a recess Monday, June 11, 2012. Rodriguez is charged with murder in a triple shooting in 2010 that left one man dead and two others injured during a dispute over the neighbor's loud party. The retired Houston-area firefighter told a police dispatcher by phone that he feared for his life and was "standing his ground." (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

  • The family of Raul Rodriguez embrace as they leave the courtroom after Rodriguez was found guilty in the killing of Kelly Danaher Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Houston. A jury convicted Rodriguez of murdering his neighbor during a confrontation outside the neighbor's home two years ago, rejecting his claim that he was within his rights to fatally shoot the man under Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Mindy Danaher embraces a supporter as she reacts to the guilty verdict against her husband's killer Raul Rodriguez Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Houston. A jury convicted Rodriguez of murdering his neighbor during a confrontation outside the neighbor's home two years ago, rejecting his claim that he was within his rights to fatally shoot the man under Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Raul Rodriguez waves to his family as he is taken into custody after being found guilty of killing Kelly Danaher Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Houston. A jury convicted Rodriguez of murdering his neighbor during a confrontation outside the neighbor's home two years ago, rejecting his claim that he was within his rights to fatally shoot the man under Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDIT