Ex-NBA player Van Exel's son murder trial begins

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

DALLAS (AP) — The 22-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel is going on trial for capital murder in the shooting death of a longtime friend.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested in December 2010 for the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo. Police at the time said Eyo's body was found with a gunshot wound and left at Lake Ray Hubbard, east of downtown Dallas.

Van Exel's attorney has previously said Van Exel and Eyo were playing with a shotgun, and that Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.

His trial began Tuesday with opening statements.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Nick Van Exel played 13 seasons in the NBA. He's now a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.

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