Trial Set to Continue in 1994 Lowell Murder Case

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- A man accused of helping in a 15-year-old Lowell murder is testifying against the accused gunman.

Shawn Lessieur is standing trial this week in Lowell Superior Court for shooting 21-year-old Mark Jones in the head in March 1994. The 36-years-old has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. He was brought back to Massachusetts last year from California, where he was serving time on federal drug charges.

Prosecutors say Lessieur shot Lowell resident Jones because he thought Jones was planning to steal drugs from him.

A second suspect, 33-year-old Nolyn Surprenant, of Methuen, is testifying against Lessieur in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Prosecutors say Surprenant brought Lessieur the gun and was a driver during the shooting.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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