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08/12/03 - Lufkin

Trial Begins for Diboll Man Accused of Murder

by Alex Carias

Testimony began Monday, August 12 in the murder trial of 37-year-old James Allen Bray.

He's accused of shooting and killing 31-year-old Byron Myers outside a Diboll housing complex last September.

The victim's mother, Mary Jo Myers, was the first person to take the stand. She became very emotional as she held up pictures of her son.

Diboll Police officer Ramiro Dejesus, who was the first officer to respond to the scene, testified that he found Bray standing over Myers' body when he arrived. Dejesus said Myers was alive but gasping for air.

Dejesus also said when he arrested Bray, Bray told him that Myers had shot at him first. Testimony will continue on Tuesday, August 13.

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