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December 1, 2012

Second trial in 2011 murder set to start

GREENVILLE — Trial is scheduled to begin this week for the second of two local men, indicted on murder charges in connection with the 2011 shooting death of a Greenville resident.

Bernard Dale Kelly Jr. and Tyron Learone McCurdy, both of Greenville, each received one indictment for murder from the Hunt County grand jury.

Jury selection is scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court in Kelly’s trial. Kelly has pleaded not guilty. Last week prosecutors filed a separate aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge against Kelly.

McCurdy was convicted by a jury last month of one count of murder in connection with the death of Treybbian Leeky Nelson and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Officers with the Greenville Police Department responded to a call of shots fired in the 1000 block of Edgar Street on the afternoon of Feb. 8, 2011 where they found Nelson had been shot.

McCurdy, Kelly and an unnamed juvenile were alleged in the murder indictments to have “knowingly and intentionally” caused Nelson’s death by shooting him with a firearm; or in the alternative, to have caused Nelson’s death by shooting him or in his direction while having the intent to commit aggravated assault.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated assault is a second degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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