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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 1:00 am

Opening arguments in murder trial begin today

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Opening arguments start today in a murder trial for Trenton Fye, accused in the shooting death of Kenneth Frierson, 28, a year ago. 

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull will preside over the three-day trial for which jury selection began Tuesday, according to Deputy Prosecutor Tom Chaille. 

Fye, 22, of the 4600 block of Spatz Avenue, was charged last year with murder, aggravated battery creating a substantial risk of death and using a firearm in the commission of a crime where death results. 

Fye is accused of being one of two people in Frierson's bedroom on June 19, 2020, when Frierson was shot dead while playing video games, court documents said. 

Fye and a woman escaped from the home on Werling Drive, but not before Frierson's mother, Evelyn, slammed her bedroom door shut and started firing, court records said.

Taya Brown, the other woman in the room who was shot, was found three weeks later, dead from a drug overdose, police said. 

Fye, who was also shot, got a ride to a hospital, but the driver flagged down police at Anthony Boulevard and Pettit Avenue. Police heard Fye tell the driver not to say anything, court documents said. 

One of two guns found behind the driver's home was a .40-caliber Glock 23. Shell casings found in the kitchen, hallway and Kenneth Frierson's bedroom were .40 caliber, court documents said.

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