FAIRFIELD — A jury was selected and the prosecution began presenting its case Thursday in the retrial of a Fairfield man who shot and killed a 17-year-old drug dealer during a botched robbery attempt in 2008.
Deshaun P. Malone, 24, faces a murder charge for the death of Kendrick Lewis.
The first prosecution witness to take the witness stand was the first Fairfield police officer who arrived at Lewis’ wrecked car on Mockingbird Lane on the night of Nov. 2, 2008. Lewis, who had been driving the car, had been shot in the back and was already dead. Lewis crashed the car after trying to drive away from Malone, who had been standing alongside the car buying Ecstasy tablets when Malone pulled a gun.
Malone was previously convicted of first-degree murder, but had his conviction overturned because jurors were not given the option of finding Malone guilty of manslaughter.
At his first trial, Malone claimed he acted in self-defense and that his gun went off accidentally.
The retrial is set to resume Friday.
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