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Trial Begins for Springfield Revenge Shooting

Updated: Thursday, May 30 2013, 07:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The trial of a Springfield man authorities say broke out of prison, fatally shot a barbershop customer, and was involved in a shootout with police has started.

The Republican reports that jurors in the trial of 26-year-old Tamik Kirkland are expected Thursday to view the crime scene.

Authorities say Kirkland escaped from a minimum security prison in April 2011. Five days later, he allegedly went into a Springfield barbershop, wounded a barber and fatally shot a customer. He was shot six times in a shootout with police, in which two officers were wounded.

Authorities have said he wanted revenge for the shooting of his mother. He thought the barber's son had shot her. The customer was an unintended victim.

Kirkland has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges. His lawyers have not commented.

Trial Begins for Springfield Revenge Shooting

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