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Man To Stand Trial In Fatal Stop-The-Violence Block Party Shooting

(File photo: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

(File photo: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The murder trial of a reputed gang member accused of fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl at a stop-the-violence block party in New Jersey’s capital city is due to get under way later this month.

Mercer County prosecutors say 22-year-old Lamar Warren faces a life sentence if convicted in the 2009 drive-by shooting in Trenton. Several other gang members, including Warren’s brother, have pleaded guilty in the case and have agreed to testify against him.

Lamar Warren was 18 when Tamrah Leonard was gunned down. Authorities say the bullets missed the intended targets — some rival gang members they had brawled with — and struck Leonard instead.

Authorities have said at least 20 bullets were sprayed into a crowd of 100 people at the block party.

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