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Trial begins in Smith case
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The trial of Ricky Lewis Smith, the 46-year-old charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009, began Tuesday, in the courtroom of Newton County Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 where they found 36-year-old Stroud dead. They also found Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of Ricky Smith - who was suffering from a serious gunshot wound. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and recovered.

Smith was charged with murder and the aggravated assault of his brother. The trial is expected to continue this week.