Trial begins in slain photographer case

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Updated: 1/09/2014 6:24 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The murder trial is underway for two men charged in the shooting death of an ex-Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet.

The Tribune reports that attorneys for 37-year-old Donel Posten and 38-year-old Joe McNeely each said during opening arguments Wednesday that their clients opened fire in self-defense.

Alameda County prosecutors say 54-year-old Lionel "Ray" Fluker was a passerby who was caught in the crossfire when a bullet hit his forehead as he was driving home in East Oakland in April.

Investigators determined the bullet that killed Fluker came from the gun of McNeely, who was known as Anthony Lister at the time of his arrest.

Fluker took freelance photos for the Tribune from 1995 to 2007.

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