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Trial Opens in Big O Murder

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Testimony is scheduled to continue today in the first-degree murder trial of an 19-year-old man charged in the shooting death of a Big O Tire salesman last August.

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The trial of Logan McClelland, of Como, Colo., accused of killing Bradley Blehm on Aug. 9, 2010, outside the Big O Tires store in Monument, Colo., began just before the holiday weekend.

McClelland claims he was protecting his ailing father when he shot Blehm seven times.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, prosecutor Jeffrey Albright told jurors the shooting followed an argument between the Blehm, who was alleged to have been drinking and reportedly was told to go home by the store manager, and the defendant’s father, Tom McClelland, who reported Blehm to his boss for swearing in front of customers.

Blehm, who was unarmed according to police, was shot in the chin, chest, shoulder, arm, hand and twice in the back, the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Jenny Cox told jurors, according to the newspaper, that “McClelland made a ‘split-second decision’ to protect his father, who she said is on high-blood-pressure medication and cannot bend over to tie his shoes.”

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