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Jury seated in trial of Ali Lee Barconey, accused of second-degree murder

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A jury has been seated in the trial of Ali Lee Barconey, one of five initially arrested in connection with a killing on Allen Street in 2014.

Nathaniel Reynaud was shot dead on September 25, 2014, at what Lake Charles Police called a known drug house on Allen Street. Two other men were treated and released.

About a month later, five people were arrested in connection with the killing, but now, only Barconey stands charged with second-degree murder.

One of the witnesses will likely be Dwayne Willis, who was also shot.

"I started tussling with the one guy, with his gun, and that's when he shot me in the head, Willis said. "That's when I fell to the ground and my instincts just told me to play dead."

Willis said Reynaud, known as Dirty Red from his competitive days in martial arts, was a childhood friend.

"When I crawled out the backroom, he was laying down in the fetal position and when I rolled him over, I noticed he wasn't breathing," Willis said. "My friend died and it was just senseless. It's for no reason."

Besides Barconey, four others were arrested, three of whom have pleaded guilty to various charges.  At least two are likely to be witnesses in the trial.

Officials at the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office say Bryant Anthony Payne pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal possession of firearms and is awaiting sentencing; William Lee Carter pleaded guilty to armed robbery and awaits sentencing; and Trevis Syntel Barber pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and is still to be sentenced.

Ineatta Stevens Arrington remains charged with obstruction of justice.

Opening statements are set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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