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Man Faces Trial in Pa. Party Bus Slaying

A jury was hearing opening statements in the trial of one of three men charged in the shooting death of a man pulled off a western Pennsylvania party bus.

The defendant, 22-year-old James Lawrence, of Pittsburgh, claims he was with his girlfriend and another man at a house in Pittsburgh at the time of the shooting in March 2013.

But prosecutors say Lawrence and 23-year-old Michael Lyons and 24-year-old Jerrick Lane-Bryant pulled the victim - 21-year-old Steven Lee Jr. - off the bus outside a Pittsburgh bar and shot him. Lee is from nearby McKees Rocks.

The other suspects in the shooting are scheduled for trial later this year.

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Lawrence is also awaiting trial in the February 2013 shooting of 28-year-old Tiona Jackson, a nurse and mother of six, also outside a Pittsburgh bar.

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