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Jury deliberates in trial of man accused of shooting at law office

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The jury is deliberating in the trial of a man accused of trying to shoot an attorney at his Chesterfield law office.

Mark Lowe testified Monday. It's been an emotional day in the courtroom - tears coming from Lowe, who is 60 pounds lighter now than he was at the time of the shooting.

Emotions are definitely high for the wife and family of the attorney, David DeFazio.

During day two of the trial, NBC12 discovering more details on that frightful day last year.

Lowe had a child custody hearing earlier the morning of June 21, where he found out his ex wife would have full custody of their now 6-year-old daughter.

Lowe said he showed up at the law Firm of his ex-wife's attorney that afternoon. When DeFazio pulled up, Lowe says he got out of his car, grabbed his rifle and chased the attorney, fired one shot but missed him.

Lowe later stated he tripped, causing the gun to go off on its own.

Witnesses say Lowe then came inside, pointing his gun at the secretary and several other people – asking them where he could find DeFazio.

They say he continued to fire additional shots but he never found DeFazio or harmed anyone.   

By the time he exited, word had already spread and two police officers were waiting for Lowe, including a Capitol Police Special agent. Lowe says he asked that agent to shoot him, saying that day was the end of it all.

Lowe's testimony and confession Monday comes amid several other accusations he has against DeFazio and his ex-wife.

We spoke to DeFazio and Lowe's father briefly.

"I hope it continues to go on and the prosecution continues to do the good job that they're doing and the jury considers the evidence fully," said David DeFazio.

"No, I think it's probably best not to talk," said Lowe's father. "Thank you."

Lowe is charged with attempted murder, abduction, use of a fire arm in the commission of a felony and shooting into an occupied building.

The jury will resume deliberating at 9 a.m. Tuesday. We will be sure to provide you with the latest updates.

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