Tyrone Head murder trial in deaths of two Fort Bliss soldiers begins


POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 7:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:34am

Twenty-two year old Tyrone Head is on trial for murder because prosecutors say he threatened to shoot 30 year old Craig Graham during an altercation at a nightclub, and Graham shot back at Tyrone, instead killing two bystanders.

The shooting happened on January 15th, 2012 outside Fussion Nightclub in Central El Paso, after Tyrone Head allegedly started arguing with Graham over a woman.

Things escalated and Head allegedly grabbed a gun out of his car, and fired 10 shots into the air. Terell O'Leary is a friend of Head's and witnessed everything that happened that night. He testified that Head fired his gun to scare Graham away -- a strategy O'Leary says they learned in the military.

Graham allegedly began shooting back, but instead pointed his gun at Head, who was standing with a crowd. Graham shot Head in the torso, and also hit two 21 year old bystanders -- Army Private Damien Bailey was shot in the chest, and Private Preston Brown was hit in the head. Bailey died at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and Brown died a week later at UMC.

If the jury convicts Tyrone Head, he faces 5 to 99 years in jail on each of the two murder charges.

Police arrested Craig Graham. He's also charged with murder and is currently in the El Paso County Jail awaiting trial.

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