Murder trial continues in Nelson

The murder trial for a Nelson County resident accused of fatally shooting another man continues today in Lovingston.

Thomas Junior Turner, 37, of Arrington, is being charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was arrested in May of last year after authorities said he shot Dewey Wood, 51, also of Arrington. Turner is pleading not guilty to both charges.

The two men were reportedly arguing over the collection of money for a deck Wood had recently built onto Turner's home.

Wood (pictured here) was a popular member of the James River Batteau Festival community, and a long-time captain of the boat dubbed "Rose of Nelson." Smiling pictures of him adorn batteau.net, and according the Nelson County Times blog, the courtroom in Lovingston was practically full yesterday, with close to 50 people in attendance.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Payne argued that Turner was not acting in self-defense, as one of Turner's attorneys, Joseph Sanzone, had claimed in opening arguments, according the Nelson County Times.