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06/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cecil "Joe" Erb's Defense: He Shot Man 29 Times With An Assault Rifle In "Self-Defense"

A trial began Thursday in a stunning Greeley murder -- in which the victim was shot at 29 times with an assault rifle -- and in opening statements, the suspect's attorney said it was a case of self-defense.

The first-degree murder trial of Cecil "Joe" Erb began Thursday in Weld District Court, with the surprising self-defense story.

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