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Woods Jury Hears from Victims' Relatives

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Relatives of two men shot to death in a
Huntsville restaurant have testified in the capital murder trial of
Jamal Woods, describing the victims as hardworking men with high
goals.

Woods, 24, is charged in the fatal shootings of Thurston Turner and Tanqueray Beavers, both of Athens. He is also accused of wounding two other men in the Dec. 17, 2006 shooting at T.G.I. Friday's restaurant.

Woods has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense in what testimony indicates was a shooting set off by an argument involving his wife.

Turner's father, Wyman Lee Turner of Athens, said Thursday his son loved sports and excelled in high school basketball. He said his son was a normal child who didn't get into a lot of mischief.

Toshi Shoulders said Beavers, her cousin, had a scholarship to play for the University of Memphis, with hopes of playing NBA basketball.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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