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P.T. Cole Park case: Gang affiliation motive in murder, says DA

P.T. Cole Park case: Gang affiliation motive in murder, says DA
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:53pm

The trial for Dennis Bendy, one of three people charged in the P.T. Cole Park murder, began Tuesday morning.

The 20-year-old appeared in court at 8:30 a.m. and pled not guilty.  The honorable Jack Skeen is the presiding judge.

According to District Attorney Matt Bingham, Bendy, who was the driver, fired eight bullets with a 9mm Glock. His accomplice, Elisha Williams shot 11 times with a 9mm Ruger. Ballistics showed the victim, 20-year-old Briana Young, was killed by a Ruger bullet.

A second bullet was found lodged in Young's leg, but the origin could not be determined, said Bingham. A third suspect, Goldstein had an AK-47, but did not fire the gun. 

The state claims the motive for the case is gang affiliation and the gunmen were shooting at a rival group when the victim was caught in cross-fire. 

More than 20 witness are expected to take the stand during the trial. 

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