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Trial for accused mall shooter set to begin Tuesday

Ricky Neal, Jr. (Source: Smith County Jail) Ricky Neal, Jr. (Source: Smith County Jail)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The trial for an East Texas man accused of fatally shooting another man outside of a Tyler mall will begin on Tuesday morning.

The state is expected to present three days worth of evidence against 26-year-old Ricky Neal, Jr. of Tyler. Neal's attorney, Thad Davidson, brought up his concern that members of the public seated in the audience at the trial will engage in outbursts that may affect the jury. The judge reassured Davidson that those who do not behave inside the courtroom will be removed.

The trail is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Neal is charged with murder and aggravated assault after police say he shot and killed Chris Mass, a Chapel Hill High School graduate, outside of Broadway Square Mall in February 2013. Police also allege that Neal fired shots at another man, Jonathon Dews, as he ran.

Neal is being held in the Smith County Jail on $1.25 million bond.

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