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The suspected gunman in a deadly Tallahassee mass shooting is on trial this week

30-year-old De'Arius Cannon's trial in Leon County began this week. Cannon has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a deadly mass shooting outside a liquor store in Tallahassee on Oct. 29.
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Leon County Courthouse

The first suspect in a deadly mass shooting outside a liquor store in Tallahassee about a month ago is on trial this week.

Gadsden County resident De’Arius Cannon, 30, is facing second-degree murder charges after police say he fired into a crowd of people, killing one bystander and injuring eight others. The shooting happened on Oct. 29 outside Half Time Liquors, located at 2101 W. Pensacola St.

Cannon has pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and resisting arrest.

Leon County court records show his attorney requested a speedy trial earlier this month. Testimony in the trial began on Tuesday and is expected to last through the week.

Cannon is accused of firing shots from the McDonald's parking lot on W. Pensacola Street into the parking lot of the liquor store. Police say the four suspects involved in the shooting were from Gadsden County and didn't know any of the victims who were randomly shot.

Another suspect facing second-degree murder charges is 26-year-old Tamylon Williams Jr., who's also pleaded not guilty.

Trial dates for Williams haven’t yet been set.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.