Trial begins in 2013 killing

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Jury selection began Monday afternoon in the murder trial of a man accused of a fatal shooting outside Oscar’s Lounge in 2013.

Christopher Aaron Barnes, 28, will stand trial on charges including first-degree murder in the 2013 death of 29-year-old Travis Marquez Hilliard, previously of Lodge Street in Wilson.

Police say Barnes also shot 29-year-old Antonio Montreal Evans, who lived on Lillian Road at the time. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The shooting happened after a brawl outside Oscar’s Lounge, a nightclub on Black Creek Road, in March 2013.

Police said Barnes called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot someone at Oscar’s Lounge.

Hilliard and Evans arrived at Wilson Medical Center in private cars. Police placed the hospital on lockdown when dozens of people gathered at the emergency room after the shooting.

Hilliard died of gunshot wounds at the hospital, police said at the time. Evans was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for trauma care.

Barnes’ father, Darrick W. Barnes Sr., has previously told The Wilson Times his son was acting in self-defense because several men attacked his son and were beating him.

The trial will be held in Wilson County Superior Court this week. Nash County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Quentin T. Sumner will preside.

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