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Mass. jury deliberating in boy Uzi death trial

By Dave Collins
Associated Press / January 13, 2011

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—A Massachusetts jury has begun deliberating in the manslaughter case against a former police chief charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a machine gun expo.

Jurors in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield heard testimony over seven days during the trial of Edward Fleury. Deliberations began Thursday afternoon after the defense lawyer and prosecutor delivered closing arguments.

Fleury was the former police chief in Pelham, Mass. His company co-sponsored the 2008 gun fair at the Westfield Sportsman's Club where Christopher Bizilj (buh-SEEL') of Ashford, Conn., fired a 9 mm micro Uzi that kicked back and shot him in the head. The prosecutor says Fleury's reckless running of the event led to the boy's death.

Fleury's lawyer said he wasn't reckless and placed blame on the boy's father.