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Jury Deliberations Begin in Shooting at Beekeeping Business

A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Maine lobsterman who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a beekeeping business in North Yarmouth.

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A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Maine lobsterman who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a beekeeping business in North Yarmouth.

The prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Merrill "Mike" Kimball fired his handgun out of anger, not fear, during a confrontation in October 2013. The defense said Kimball was defending himself from an assault by a larger man.

Police say Kimball shot 63-year-old Leon Kelley three times.

Jurors deliberated several hours and listened to a 911 tape that captured the gunshots before adjourning.

Kelley's father-in-law is owner of the business. Kimball's wife worked there and was retrieving about 700 pounds honey she'd harvested when the confrontation took place. 

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