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updated: 2/5/2013 1:30 PM

Urbana trial witness killed, defendant a no show

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Associated Press

URBANA -- A witness in a trial in Champaign County has been shot to death, and authorities say the defendant didn't show up for the trial's opening.

Urbana police tell The (Champaign) News-Gazette that 29-year-old Curtis Mosley was fatally shot Monday night at an Urbana apartment.

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Mosley was scheduled to testify Tuesday in the trial of 23-year-old Ardis Fenn. Fenn has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in the June 12 shooting of Mosley.

A jury was selected Monday in Fenn's trial, but court officials say he didn't show up on Tuesday. He was free on bond.

Fenn's public defender hasn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Judge Tom Difanis has issued a warrant for Fenn's arrest.

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