Testimony Begins In High Profile Murder Trial

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Testimony began Tuesday in a high profile murder trial.

Raymond Harris is accused of gunning down former Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Junior back in 2002.

The trial is underway in Bell County, where Browning's body was discovered.

Raymond Harris could face the death penalty so it took days to seat a jury, but finally that jury heard opening statements from both the prosecution and defense, who have very different stories about who killed Paul Browning Junior.

The Bell County commonwealth's attorney says Raymond Harris was the man who shot former Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Junior in the back of the head and then asked his drug dealing nephew Dewayne Harris and Johnny Epperson to help him hide the crime.

Raymond Harris' defense attorney says Harris did not do it.

The prosecution and defense both argue that Dewayne Harris and Johnny Epperson wanted to stop Paul Browning Junior from becoming Harlan County Sheriff again.

The defense argues Raymond Harris was their scapegoat in a crime they're really responsible for.


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  • by Falcon Location: harlan on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    Raymond was home drunk when the murder took place. Dwayne, and Johnny did the murder.
  • by linda Location: harlan on Mar 18, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    I think Raymond did do what they have him accused of, because him and most of his brothers and his sister that is dead are mental cases.

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