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Police: Murder warrant for man held in Hartford tournament shooting

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Hartford police say a man held in connection with a fatal shooting at an outdoor basketball tournament two weeks ago is being charged with murder.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Tuesday that police have obtained a warrant for the upgraded charge against 23-year-old Roosevelt Holmes. Holmes has been held on charges including first-degree assault and firearms violations. Foley said he will be formally charged at his next court hearing July 13.

Holmes is accused of killing 41-year-old James Headen of Hartford, an innocent bystander, after a dispute broke out at the tournament. Holmes and two other men were injured in the gunfire.

Holmes’ lawyer says he fired in self-defense.

The shooting erupted the afternoon of June 27 outside Rawson School. Police said hundreds of people were watching the tournament.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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