Trial begins in Atlanta in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old boy

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Atlanta — A man accused of shooting and killing a 7-year-old girl who was in a car with his family a day later is on trial. Christmas Shopping in Atlanta.

Fulton County Prosecutor Pat Ducher said in his opening statement Friday that Kennedy Maxi was gunned down after defendant, Deacon Reed, had his cellphone and money robbed outside the Phipps Plaza mall in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

In a fit of rage, Reid raised a pistol and fired it from the rear passenger seat of the car, Dutcher said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After the shooting, Reid got rid of the gun and told people not to talk to the police before leaving the area, Dutcher said.

Reed’s attorney, Nicole Fegan, said that although Kennedy’s death was “horrific,” her client was innocent, and there was no material evidence that could establish her guilt.

“He is not guilty of every charge,” she said.

Reed faces charges of felony, felony assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm in the course of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal. The AJC informed that the trial will continue on Monday as well.

Two weeks after the shooting, Reid was arrested by the US Marshals Service in Virginia.

The AJC said jurors also heard from Kennedy’s mother Maria Maxie and Aunt Jade Maxi.

Kennedy was in the car with them, stopped at a red light when the shots began to sound. Jade Maxi was taken to the hospital, where Kennedy died five days later.

“I will never forget (that day),” said Jade Maxi.

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