Murder trial underway in killing of nonprofit worker, mother

By: Angela Jacobs

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Jury selection began Monday in the trial of two men accused in a 2016 drive-by shooting in Parramore that killed a nonprofit worker and a mother of three.

Lavon Shinn, 26, and Christopher Miller, 26, face numerous charges, including second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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The men are accused of killing Gino Nicolas, 24, and Tanya Skeen, 46, on April 16, 2016, on Conley Street outside the Landings at Carver Park in Parramore, Orlando police said.

Police said the pair were involved in a fight at an Orlando nightclub that somehow carried over into the Parramore neighborhood, where police said Miller and Shinn shot into a crowd of people.

Skeen was a mother of three and was putting away groceries when stray bullets struck her inside her apartment.

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Nicolas worked as the coordinator of the City of Orlando’s My Brother’s Keeper program, which helps the city’s most at-risk youths. He was a youth mentor and considered a hero among many in the community.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.

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