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Shooting victim testifies in Texas man's Durham trial

Posted April 24, 2013

— A Pennsylvania teen shot nearly two years ago in a Durham parking lot testified Wednesday in the murder trial of a Texas man accused of killing another teen.

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.

Woodson testified Wednesday that he was shot in the leg after the confrontation with Gamez and how the ordeal has affected his life.

For example, Woodson said, he doesn't life weights the way he used to do so.

"I pretty much really don't do squats anymore," the athlete said. "I'm afraid my leg will give out on me, and I'll hurt myself in the weight room."

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, killing Turner and injuring Woodson.

Gamez's defense attorneys have said that their client was defending himself against the players.


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