- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The attorneys for a Columbus man accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend to death say he shot the victim in self-defense.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1suOVct ) 22-year-old Derrick Nelson is on trial in Lowndes County for murder in the death of Willie Hood Jr.

Nelson shot Hood at Nelson’s residence during a party in May 2013. He turned himself in after the shooting.

Nelson’s attorneys, Brandon Langford and Donna Smith, say Hood was drinking at the party, and broke a bottle during an argument with Nelson and started hitting his own car and acting belligerently.

Columbus police investigator George Harris testified that Nelson told authorities that he had a gun in his hand when Hood approached him and they started wrestling and the gun went off.

The trial continues Thursday.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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