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Man stands trial again for Brandon teen's murder

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By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The man convicted of killing a Brandon football player is back in court this week.

Thirty-year-old Derrick Bailey is accused of murdering 16-year-old Ryan Evans outside a Jackson convenience store in 2001.

 Bailey was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty by a Hinds County jury in 2004.

 Bailey said he shot Evans in self-defense saying Evans called him racial slurs.

A court of appeals judge overturned that conviction, ruling that the trial judge made a mistake by allowing prosecutors to play a taped statement by a witness, who first said Bailey did not act in self defense, then changed his story to support Bailey's claim.

Jury selection in the case began Monday afternoon.

If found guilty, Bailey faces life in prison.

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