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Trial in 2017 nightclub shooting death to begin today

LONGVIEW, Texas (LNJ) - Opening arguments begin at 9 a.m. today in the murder trial of a Longview man charged in the fatal shooting of a Gladewater man outside a nightclub in 2017.

A jury was picked Monday to hear arguments in the case of Kyron Delyn Adams, 39, accused of shooting Thomas Lynn Harper, 34, after a fistfight between the two men outside J’s Place on East Marshall Avenue on February 4, 2017.

According to our newspaper parters, the Longview News Journal, the case was originally scheduled to go to trial last December, but 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles delayed proceedings after appointing a new attorney for Adams because of reported communication breakdowns with his previous attorney.

According an arrest warrant filed by Longview police, Adams shot Harper in the back after a fight.

Harper and another man had gone outside to fight, and Harper had knocked the man unconscious when Adams joined in the brawl, according to the warrant.

After a few punches, Adams ran to a car, pulled out a handgun and chased Harper before shooting him, according to police.

Adams faces charges of first-degree murder and third-degree unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He is defended by Longview attorney Rick Hagan.

Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Chris Botto is lead prosecutor in the case.

Adams has been held in the Gregg County Jail on $600,000 bond and a Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole warrant since Feb. 9, 2017.

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