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Published: Thursday, 10/23/2008

Testimony in Toledo shooting death trial ends 3rd day

The jury trial for a man accused in the March 3 shooting death of a teenager at Lawrence and Delaware avenues continued yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

William Braylock, 39, is charged with one count of murder with a firearm specification. He is accused of shooting Christopher Ross, 17, twice in the back. County assistant prosecutors said Braylock shot at the teenager because he was an "angry" man with a gun.

Defense attorneys countered that Braylock acted in self-defense because a few weeks before the shooting, the Ross youth, armed with a gun, broke into Braylock's home on Lawrence.

Several witnesses, including law enforcement officers and those present during the shooting, have testified over three days.

Included in the testimony were statements from men who said they were former members of the Bloods gang, of which the victim had an affiliation.

The Ross youth was shot twice, once in the lower back, once in the left buttock. Both wounds showed he was shot while facing away from the shooter.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a Lucas County deputy coroner, testified that both shots were fatal.

The trial resumes today with Judge Frederick McDonald presiding.

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