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Jury deliberating in downtown attack trial

By Jazmine Ulloa - American-Statesman Staff

Renee Allison Jones told jurors Thursday that Preston Joe Sharpnack was defending her when he punched and killed architect Matt Casey in a dispute on Labor Day last year in downtown Austin.

In testimony that at times was impassioned and combative, she described the incident as a harrowing experience, saying Casey became enraged when Sharpnack asked him for a dollar and later grabbed her, threatening to beat them both. They managed to walk away, but at another corner moments later they saw Casey again, she testified, and he charged at them, with his fists up and hunched over “like an angry gorilla.”

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