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A man accused of murdering a man just a day before his 23rd birthday, stands trial.
Jassen Barnes is accused of shooting Justin Thomas once in the heart at the Dietrich Road Apartments in July 2011.
Thomas' girlfriend, Lajoi Haynes, told jurors she heard the gunshots then saw her boyfriend running away.
"He didn't say nothing," said Haynes in tears. "We were just sitting there, praying with him."
Haynes said Barnes was the one who killed Thomas.
In opening arguments, Prosecutor Tanner Neidhardt said Barnes didn't count on several witnesses the day of the murder.
"Jassen Barnes has his target on, very quickly, very accurately," said Neidhardt. "All of the witnesses are going to tell you - I heard two or three shots - Pow, Pow, Pow!"
Neidhardt did not give a motive to the shooting.
If convicted, Barnes is facing 25 years to life in prison - since he has a criminal record, which includes serving time behind bars.
Testimony will resume Wednesday in the 186th District Court.
Tuesday, March 19 2013, 09:25 PM CDT
Texas weathers wind, rain but no tornadoes
May 22, 2013 01:54 GMT
DALLAS (AP) -- Fears of tornadoes across northern and eastern Texas failed to materialize, for the most part as wind and rain caused some minor damage but no disastrous effects.
Much of central, northern and eastern Texas spent Tuesday afternoon under a tornado watch.
Winds gusting up to almost 70 mph were reported in many areas as the storms blew through the region. But damage reported by law enforcement agencies and storm spotters to the National Weather Service was confined mainly to toppled trees and downed power lines. No injuries were reported.
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