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Ex-boyfriend pleads not guilty in fatal metro Phoenix shooting

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man faces an Oct. 11 sentencing after being convicted
of first-degree murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in a high
school parking lot.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman said a jury convicted Thomas
Lamont Moton on Thursday.

Takesha Barnes was shot multiple times May 25, 2012 in the parking lot of
Avondale’s Westview High School.

The 33-year-old Barnes had been attending a ceremony for her eighth-grade

Barnes was declared dead at a Phoenix hospital.

Avondale police said Barnes had taken out an order of protection four days
before the shooting after repeated threats by Moton.

According to police, Moton and Barnes had two children together and a history
of domestic violence.


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