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Another murder trial begins in Allen County for a Tennessee man accused of killing a 22-year-old with a tree limb.

Opening statements began in the trial for 21-year-old Clois Ray Adkins. The prosecution said evidence will show how and why Adkins killed 22-year-old Robert Smith on the corner of Holmes drive back on Sept. 3, 2017. The state said Adkins was in town as he started a relationship with a 16-year-old girl. The defense stated not much will be disputed, but that Adkins acted in self-defense. The jury heard testimony from an eye witness and saw a video of the alleged incident.

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"There is an exchange, there are some words that are said," Kyle Thines said, Allen County assistant prosecutor. "And the defendant picks up that limb and delivers a fatal blow."

"He was harassed, hit, chased through part of the city," said Stephen Chamberlain, defense attorney. "And that Robbie came up to Clois Ray Adkins in a threatening manner."

Adkins faces two counts each of murder and felonious assault.

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