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Jury Hears Opening Statements in Wilmington Murder Trial

Demond Wells Demond Wells
Roncin Sanders Roncin Sanders

MAY 16, 2006 -- A jury has been selected and a Wilmington murder trial is in full swing.

Demond Wells, 34, is on trial for the second time for the murder of 26-year-old Roncin Sanders.

In court Tuesday, lawyers made their opening statements and the first witnesses took the stand. Prosecutors say Wells, also known as DJ Kasheem, shot and killed Sanders in December of 2002. They say he shot Sanders in the parking lot of the North 17th Shopping Center in Wilmington.

Prosecutor Connie Wilson showed a picture of Sanders and his daughter to the jury. She told them Wells deserves a conviction of second degree murder and that he's guilty of carrying a concealed weapon.

In opening statements, Defense Attorney Bill Peregoy claimed Wells shot Sanders in self defense.

Sander's mother, Cynthia Simpson was the first witness to take the stand. She explained what happened after she got the call her son had been shot. Lawyers on both sides say the two men were fighting over a record deal.

Wells is on trial for the second time because of some discrepancy in closing arguments during the first trial where a jury found him guilty of second degree murder.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer

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