by Ashton Goodell
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An accused murderer denied council and is now building his own case.
In opening statements Tuesday, Keane Crawford said his sister's boyfriend attacked him in 2008 and tried to take advantage of his children.
Witnesses say he was "talking crazy" and pulled a gun.
It's pretty much unheard of for an accused murderer to defend himself, but Crawford says he can tell the story better than a lawyer ever could.
Crawford is known for heading up Ron Paul's presidential campaign in Alaska.
He has a lot of ideas about how the world works, but doesn't know its laws.
"I am now under the understanding that I am not allowed to explain that?" he asked in court.
He's not an attorney, but Crawford says he says he knows better than anyone what happened that night.
"I think what you are going to hear repeatedly throughout this trial is that he (the victim) was a man out of control. If he would have listened to my sister, none of this would have happened," Crawford said.