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Trial begins for Utica man accused of killing homeless person

Raekwon Winston (photo: Utica Police Dept.)

He is accused of killing Lawrence Edwards on Rutger Street.

Posted: May 21, 2019 10:06 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The trial of the Utica man accused of shooting and killing a homeless man in 2016 began Tuesday.

A jury was selected and opening statements got underway at 10 a.m. in Oneida County Court for the trial of Raekwon Winston.

He is accused of killing Lawrence Edwards on Rutger Street.

Edwards was found dead from a gunshot wound.

Winston rejected a plea offer last fall – it would have meant 23 years to life in prison.

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