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Closing arguments expected in trial of New Year's Day shoooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Closing arguments were expected to begin Monday in the trial of a gang member charged with murder in connection with a 2003 New Year's Day shooting that killed two women and injured a young boy caught in the crossfire.

James Lionel Carter, 37, is charged with murder and other counts in the Jan. 1, 2003 killings of 45-year-old Carol Waites and 32-year-old Sharen Burton in Lincoln Park. Waites' 7-year-old nephew was also wounded.

The victims were caught in the crossfire after stopping at Dr. J's liquor store on Logan Avenue on their way home from church about 1 a.m., authorities said.

According to the prosecution, two carloads of gang members pulled up to the store and an "incredible number" of shots rang out, probably more than 50.

The shooting was allegedly in retaliation for the killing of Carter's close friend the day before.

Besides two counts of murder, Carter is charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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