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NE man on trial on murder charge in dog droppings case

Tyri­rk Har­ris, 28, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing a neigh­bor in a dis­pute over dog drop­pings. Po­lice al­lege Har­ris shot Frank­lin Santana after Santana com­plained that Har­ris had al­lowed his dog to mess on Santana's lawn.

The tri­al of a man ac­cused of mur­der­ing a neigh­bor in a dis­pute over dog drop­pings con­tin­ues today in a Phil­adelphia courtroom.

Tyri­rk Har­ris, 28, is fa­cing murder and weapons charges in the Valentine’s Day slay­ing of Frank­lin Santana, 47. Po­lice said Har­ris shot Santana in the face and body after Santana com­plained that Har­ris had al­lowed his dog to de­fec­ate on Santana’s lawn.

The men lived on the 6500 block of Tor­res­dale Ave., po­lice said. Ar­rest­ing of­ficers said Har­ris fired sev­er­al shots at Santana with a 9 mm hand­gun. Para­med­ics pro­nounced Santana dead at the scene.

Santana, a Yonkers, N.Y., nat­ive, had moved to the block with his girl­friend and two chil­dren about a month pri­or to the shoot­ing. Har­ris had been laid off from a job as a school dis­trict po­lice of­ficer and did not have a li­cense to carry a gun, As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney De­borah Wat­son-Stokes said dur­ing Har­ris’ pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing in April.

On Tues­day, after a jury was se­lec­ted and pro­sec­u­tion and de­fense at­tor­neys made open­ing ar­gu­ments, two eye­wit­nesses and As­sist­ant Med­ic­al Ex­am­iner Mar­lon Os­bourne test­i­fied. The pro­sec­utor said she ex­pec­ted to present forensic evid­ence today. De­pend­ing on wit­nesses called by de­fense law­yer James Be­rardinelli, Wat­son-Stokes said, at­tor­neys might make their clos­ing state­ments by Thursday.

The tri­al is pro­ceed­ing be­fore Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Bar­bara A. Mc­Der­mott in Courtroom 1108 of the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter, 13th and Fil­bert streets.

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