Lawyer insists 2014 Bourbon St. shooting was in self-defense

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Latest on the trial of a man accused in a 2014 gunfight on Bourbon Street (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A lawyer for the only man arrested after a deadly 2014 gunfight on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street insists the man fired to protect himself and others from a still-unknown gunman.

The lawyer for 22-year-old Trung Le (Lee) told jurors Tuesday that videos will show the mystery gunman as the aggressor. Earlier the lead prosecutor insisted the videos and other evidence will prove Lee was the aggressor, firing first at the man believed to have robbed his friends of some marijuana more than an hour earlier.

Le is on trial for manslaughter in the death of a visitor from Hammond, Louisiana, and attempted second-degree murder of the other shooter.

During opening arguments, defense lawyer Martin Regan repeatedly referred to the mystery shooter as “the Bourbon Street terrorist.”

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11:30 a.m.

A prosecutor hopes to convince jurors that a 2014 gunfight that left a visitor to New Orleans dead and nine other bystanders wounded resulted from “a drug deal gone bad on Bourbon Street.”

Assistant New Orleans District Attorney Laura Rodrigue says the only person arrested in the case was the aggressor.

Twenty-two-year-old Trung Le (LEE) is being tried on charges of manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder.

Le’s lawyer says Le fired in self-defense. But in the prosecutor’s opening statement to the jury Tuesday, Rodrigue said Le fired first at a man believed to have stolen marijuana from his friends.

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3:10 a.m.

A jury is set to hear opening arguments in the case of Trung Le (Lee), the only suspect arrested after a gunfight in 2014 that left a bystander dead on Bourbon Street, the popular strip of nightspots in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Defense lawyers are expected to tell jurors Tuesday that the 22-year-old fired in self-defense when the shooting broke out. He’s charged with manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Le is one of two people involved in a gunfight at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014. A second, unidentified gunman has never been caught.

A 21-year-old woman from Hammond, Louisiana, was killed. Among the wounded were visitors from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Australia.

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