- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford police say a man held in connection with a fatal shooting at an outdoor basketball tournament two weeks ago is being charged with murder.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Tuesday that police have obtained a warrant for the upgraded charge against 23-year-old Roosevelt Holmes. Holmes has been held on charges including first-degree assault and firearms violations. Foley said he will be formally charged at his next court hearing July 13.

Holmes is accused of killing 41-year-old James Headen of Hartford, an innocent bystander, after a dispute broke out at the tournament. Holmes and two other men were injured in the gunfire.

Holmes’ lawyer says he fired in self-defense.

The shooting erupted the afternoon of June 27 outside Rawson School. Police said hundreds of people were watching the tournament.



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