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Texas man goes on trial in Durham for shooting of Pa. teen

Posted April 22, 2013

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— Jury selection began Monday in Durham in the trial of a Texas man accused of killing a Pennsylvania high school football player nearly two years ago and shooting at several others.

Gabriel James Gamez, 24, of San Antonio, was visiting Durham on June 23, 2011, when, police said, he shot Darrell Turner Jr., 18, and Thomas Woodson, 15, in a parking lot on McFarland Drive.

Gamez, whose trial is expected to last about a week, is charged with one count of murder and five counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Turner and Woodson were part of the Gateway High School football team from Monroeville, Pa., which was visiting colleges across the Southeast on a recruiting trip.

Prosecutors have said that Gamez pulled his gun on the football players when he confronted the group and began arguing over peanut shells some of the players were tossing on the ground.

The players scattered when they saw the gun, authorities have said, and Gamez fired several shots at the group as they ran.

Turner died, while Woodson was shot in the leg.

Gamez's defense attorneys have suggested that he was defending himself against the players and that Turner also threw something at him during the confrontation.

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  • ljcs357 Apr 24, 2013

    I'm willing to bet this boils down to them talking smack to the wrong person. Doesn't justify what he did, but I bet there was some provocation on their part.

    So why even say this? It says he approached the group. Last time I checked "talking smack" isn't a crime. Should've been a man and controlled his emotions. And now, he'll pay.

  • Lightfoot3 Apr 23, 2013

    I'm willing to bet this boils down to them talking smack to the wrong person. Doesn't justify what he did, but I bet there was some provocation on their part.