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Trial underway in birthday party shooting

January 15, 2014
by lasvegasnvblog


Donald Deshun Wynn is accused in the shooting at Eddins Estates in that left six people injured.

Tuscaloosa News

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:14 p.m.

The jury trial for a guy charged with opening fire at a birthday part in 2012 is underway.

Donald Deshun Wynn, 25, is accused in the shooting at Eddins Estates in that left six people injured, in addition to five partygoers & a codefendant.

A 17-year-old male & an 18-year-old female were critically injured after receiving gunshot wounds to the abdomen.Other victims included an 18-year-old male who was shot in the chest, an 18-year-old male who was shot in the arm & a 20-year-old male who was shot in the leg. A 2nd gunman was shot by one of the victims.

Dozens of teenagers & young adults were celebrating a man’s 21st birthday at the Cottondale apartment complex on Feb. 3, 2012. Jurors heard testimony from several of them Monday & Tuesday.

Anthony Phillips described how he was playing a drinking game called beer pong when a guy thrust a silver pistol in his face, demanded money & yelled “Y’all think I’m playing?” several times. People ran to a back bedroom, he said, while others jumped from a balcony to escape. Phillips, who was shot in the leg, was shown a photo lineup of the suspects in that night, yet was unable to identify a suspect with absolute certainty.

A young woman who was walking from an upstairs apartments when she heard gunshots asserted in that she wouldn’t recognize the gunman if she saw him again. One woman who testified Tuesday morning pointed Wynn out in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge John England’s courtroom & identified him as the shooter. She moreover identified him in a photo lineup the night of the shooting.

Wynn is being tried on 11 felony charges, in addition to two counts of attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, five counts of first-degree robbery & one count of first-degree burglary.

Tivon Rollie Thomas, 25, faces identical charges. His trial is set for April.

Wynn was under supervision of Tuscaloosa Community Corrections for a previous drug charge at the time of the shootings. He had repeatedly failed drug tests & had been discovered with a vial of someone else’s urine, which under the program’s rules should have sent him to prison. The caseworker who supervised him was after fired.

Assistant District Attorneys Kandice Pickett & Mark Caraway are prosecuting the case. Attorney Michael Upton is defending Wynn.

Reach Stephanie Taylor at stephanie.taylor@tuscaloosanews.com or 205-722-0210.

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