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EAST SIDE MAN FOUND GUILTY IN FATAL SHOOTING

A State Supreme Court jury early today found Terrance Duncan guilty of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in a Buffalo barroom shooting.

Duncan was found guilty of the Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Shawn Stokes, 22, in the Club Virgoan at 832 Broadway.

After a trial before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang that lasted a week and a half, the jury began deliberating about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Duncan could face up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 30.

Stokes, shot once in the neck as he walked into the bar, was reportedly attacked because he had been dating a woman Duncan, now 22, felt was his girlfriend.

Duncan, who was shot in the right arm in an exchange of gunfire that followed the shooting, did not testify.

The jury had considered second-degree murder, first- and second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and second-degree weapons possession counts.

Defense attorney Daniel J. Weinstein attacked the inability of four alleged eyewitnesses to the shooting to agree about details of the shooting incident.

Weinstein also challenged the credibility of the prosecution witnesses, saying each claimed to have been in the bar for a considerable period of time before the shooting without having any drinks.

The defense attorney also cited medical findings that Stokes had ingested cocaine shortly before walking into the bar and argued that Duncan was shot by an unidentified man who actually killed Stokes.

Prosecutor Christopher J. Belling's four witnesses testified that Duncan got up from a bar stool and shot the victim and then fled as someone returned the gunfire.

Duncan was arrested at his Stanton Street home about a half-hour after the shooting. Police never recovered the .38-caliber weapon used in the slaying.

Weinstein cited ballistics evidence that Duncan was also shot with a .38-caliber handgun in raising questions about the strength of the prosecution case. Belling said ballistics evidence showed the two men were not shot with the same weapon.

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