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N.C. State Tailgating Trial Begins Second Week

Posted August 8, 2005

— Testimony is back under way Monday in the trial of a former North Carolina State University student accused of killing two men at a tailgating party last fall.

In court Monday morning, a friend of Timothy Johnson was set to testify for the prosecution. Last week, several witnesses recounted what happened in the minutes before and after the deadly shootings of Kevin McCann and Brett Harman, a Camp Lejeune Marine.

Johnson, 23, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Harman and McCann. Prosecutors are trying to prove Johnson shot the two men after his brother, Tony Johnson, allegedly antagonized them and tried to start a fight. Defense attorneys say Timothy Johnson did fire the gun, but are trying to prove that he did so in self-defense. If convicted, he could get the death sentence.

The first week of the trial ended Thursday afternoon with

emotional testimony

from the victims' friends, who were with them at the time of their deaths.

"When I ran up to (McCann), I was praying that the bullet had went over his head or his neck and he was just down," said Sean Mulkerrin, a Chicago police officer. "When I got there, he had some blood on his face and there was no movement in his eyes."

McCann and Harman were in Raleigh to attend a reunion of friends from around the country the weekend of Sept. 4 and decided at the last minute to go to the football game, said Ricky Knowles, a Navy pilot who attended the naval academy with Harman.

Tony Johnson was also arrested in connection with the deaths. He is scheduled to go on trial in October.

Timothy Johnson's trial is expected to last about three more weeks.

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