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Suspect in slaying at Lowell New Year’s party goes on trial

January 14, 2016

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Lowell man facing murder and other charges in connection with a shooting at a New Year’s party five years ago that killed one person and injured seven has gone on trial.

The trial of Sothy Voeun started Wednesday with opening statements and testimony from a responding police officer. The 16 jurors are scheduled to visit the crime scene on Thursday.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Voeun and Jameson Phuon were thrown out of the party earlier, but returned with guns in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2011 and opened fire.

Corinna Oeur was killed.

Phuon was convicted of first-degree murder last year.

The Sun (http://bit.ly/1N9gESI) reports that Voeun’s attorney told the jury his client did not aim at or shoot anyone and had no intent to harm anyone.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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