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Trial underway for man charged with killing Schenectady teen

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A Brooklyn man stands trial for the shooting death of a Schenectady teen. James Wells is accused of killing 15-year-old Eddie Stanley back in June 2011. Attorneys gave opening statements on Thursday. Megan Cruz has more.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Assistant District Attorney Philip Mueller described to jurors the gunshot wounds that killed 15-year-old Eddie Stanley.

"In the jaw, through his neck, he's hit in the chest, through his chest, he's hit in the back, the buttocks," he said. "And this man, James Wells, pulled the trigger."

Opening statements began Thursday in the trial of James Wells. The Brooklyn man is accused of shooting the 15-year-old back in June 2011.

Cheryl Coleman is Wells' attorney.

"There are witnesses that say he wasn't the shooter," she said.

Coleman and Mueller both attempting to bring the jury back to the early morning shooting at 730 Bridge Street.

Both Stanley and Wells were there for a house party. Mueller says the get-together turned violent when Wells and his friends thought someone stole their rental car keys. He said they told guests no one could leave unless they're searched.

"Some of Eddie's friends objected and Eddie himself may have objected and a fight broke out at that point," said Mueller. "Minutes later, he was dead."

"They say it like they know it and they say it like it's so, and they say it like they were there," said Coleman. "I wasn't there. I don't know what happened and neither do they."

Both attorneys say they look forward to letting the evidence speak for itself. Mueller saying there's evidence showing the murder weapon belonged to Wells, Coleman saying witnesses are testifying against Wells in return for deals with authorities.

"Defendant Wells took the ultimate measure of control over another human being," said Mueller. "That's what we expect the evidence to show, ladies and gentlemen."

Coleman said, "None of you I submit will be able to say that you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt James Wells killed Eddie Stanley."

More than a dozen of Eddie Stanley's family and friends were present at court Thursday. The teen's dad saying they'll be there every day till the jury reaches a verdict.

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