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Testimony ends in beer theft murder trial

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Testimony ended Tuesday in the murder trial of a Jackson store clerk accused of fatally shooting a shoplifter.

Sarbrinder Pannu took the stand in his defense testifying that he followed James Hawthorne, 36, to his black SUV and through the opened passenger side window asked him to return a case of beer.

Pannu was working at the J and S Food Mart on Medgar Evers Boulevard at the time of the shooting in August of 2008.

The store clerk said he feared for his life and opened fire when he saw Hawthorne leaned down as if he were reaching for something.

A prosecution witness, who was inside the store, contradicted Pannu's statement.

The man said he saw Pannu walk to the passenger side of the vehicle and without saying anything fired two shots at Hawthorne.

The witness said Pannu then returned to the store and called someone while speaking in his native language.

Minutes later the witness said police arrived.

Closing argument begin Wednesday morning.

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