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    Jury in Dawnn Jaffier Trial Touring Scene of Crime

    Prosecutors say Keith Williams and Wesson Colas were rivals who confronted each other with guns near a Caribbean festival in Dorchester in August 2014. Prosecutors say Williams fired, but Colas did not.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    Jurors in the trial for two men charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an innocent bystander at a Boston street festival in 2014 visited the scene of the crime Tuesday.

    Prosecutors say Keith Williams and Wesson Colas were rivals who confronted each other with guns near a Caribbean festival in Dorchester in August 2014. Prosecutors say Williams fired, but Colas did not.

    A bullet hit and killed 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier, a city youth worker.

    Jaffier’s friends and family testified in court after opening statements Monday.

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    Talia Hyatt, one of Jaffier’s friends, said that she was walking with her to the parade in Dorchester when she heard gunshots.

    "I looked behind me," Hyatt said, "and she was on the ground."

    Hyatt said she ran to Jaffier and immediately noticed she had been shot in the head.

    "I stayed with her the entire time."

    Jaffier's father, Ian Jaffier, said he ran into his daughter the day before the parade. The next time he saw his daughter she was on life support after the shooting.

    "She was pretty much already gone, she was just on life support," he said.

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    Under state law, both men face murder charges and will be tried together even though they are rivals. Their defense lawyers had asked a judge to separate the cases. 

    Williams' attorney says his client was wrongly identified as the shooter. 

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