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Trial In Lake Elmo Homicide Continues Monday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A prosecutor says a man plotted to kill another man who was trying to sell a car on Craigslist, but his defense attorney says the shooting was accidental.

Testimony in the trial of 20-year-old Dao Xiong started Friday.

Xiong, of Oakdale, is accused of killing 33-year-old Youa Ty Lor on Sept. 9 in Lake Elmo and stealing his car.

Assistant Washington County Attorney John Fristik said the motivation was a Nissan 350Z that Lor advertised on Craigslist.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports two days before the killing, Xiong sent a text to a friend, asking him if he wanted to help kill a guy.

His defense lawyer F. Clayton Tyler says the gun was meant to scare Lor but it went off accidentally.

Xiong’s trial continues Monday.

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