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Accused Dallas Cop Killer Says Officer Never Identified Himself

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Both sides rested Thursday after a dramatic last day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Charles Payne.

Payne, who is accused of killing a Dallas Police officer in 2009, took the stand in his own defense.

He told the jury he thought someone was breaking into his apartment when he fired a gun through his door, killing Senior Corporal Norm Smith.

The officer was serving an arrest warrant on someone else inside the apartment.  Payne insisted that Smith never identified himself as a police officer.

During cross-examination, prosecutors played some of Payne’s own rap music with explicit lyrics about using guns and violence on others.

The 29-year-old defended his music as entertainment and says he would not have fired if he knew officers were outside.

Payne apologized to Smith’s widow, who is also a Dallas officer.

The jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday morning.

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