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Jimmy Burleson testifies how the victim threatened him, with his fingers in a gun-like pose, during his son's murder trial. Jordan Burleson, foreground, is accused of murder after a shooting which stemmed from arguing between Jimmy Burleson and another man.

Murder trial begins

Jordan Burleson accused of killing Adelanto neighbor Dwayne Mott

VICTORVILLE • The prosecution began presenting evidence Wednesday in the murder trial of an Adelanto man accused of shooting to death a 43-year-old neighbor two years ago.

Jordan Burleson, 25, is charged with killing Dwayne Mott with a shotgun blast in the 12000 block of Aztec Lane in October 2010.

Mott had recently broken up with his girlfriend, who was living inside the garage of a house on Aztec Lane, Deputy District Attorney David Foy told a jury in his opening statement. Defendant Jordan Burleson also lived in the house with his father, Jimmy, and two others.

On the evening of Oct. 14, 2010, Mott went to the house to confront his ex-girlfriend for spreading rumors about him, Foy said. They began arguing near the garage, and the girl called Jimmy Burleson for help.

Jimmy Burleson had testified in a preliminary hearing that Mott challenged him to fight.

Mott’s ex-girlfriend then went inside to get Jordan Burleson. The defendant grabbed a shotgun, came out to the front yard and fired at the victim and his friends, Foy said. Mott died within minutes, according to the prosecutor.

Jimmy Burleson took the gun away from his son, who then ran away, Foy said. The father said he convinced Jordan Burleson to turn himself in the next day.

Deputy Public Defender David Sanders, Jordan Burleson’s attorney, told jurors the evidence would be different from the prosecution’s narrative.

The defense attorney said Mott and his friends were creating a disturbance, banging on doors and walls and knocking down boxes.

Mott’s ex-girlfriend warned Jordan Burleson that his father was going to get attacked, Sanders said. The defendant had seen his father get assaulted before, according to Sanders.

When Jordan Burleson went outside, it was very dark, Sanders said.

“Get out of here,” Jordan Burleson told the crowd, according to Sanders. Everybody ran except for Mott, and his client fired the shotgun, Sanders said. If convicted of murder, Burleson faces up to 50 years to life in prison. The trial is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Victorville court.

Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.

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