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Trial begins for man accused of shooting wheelchair bound victim

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Jerry Mills is on trial for the murder of Robert Presley. Jerry Mills is on trial for the murder of Robert Presley.
RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Jerry Ronald Mills is on trial for the murder of a wheel-chair bound man in Franklin County.

He is charged with murdering Robert Leroy Presley. Investigators say he shot and killed the man in his carport in Russellville in October of 2010.

Attorneys from both sides selected a jury and then jumped right into opening statements.

Defense attorneys said Mills feared for his life. The two men were in an argument when the shooting happened, and Presley was holding an unloaded rifle in his hand when Mills shot him.

Officials say Presley told Mills to leave his home after he showed up to question his roommate about a piece of furniture when he was shot.

According to Alabama's Stand Your Ground Law, residents are allowed to use deadly force to defend themselves when they fear their lives are in danger.

Prosecutors say it was not a case of self defense.

The jury is set to hear testimony when court resumes at 9 Tuesday morning.


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