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MERCER – Testimony will continue today in the trial of a Farrell man accused of the 2018 shooting death of Trivoune Craig.

Sean Jose Rain Jr., 25, is charged with murder in the first degree stemming from the homicide of Craig in a residential area of South Myers Avenue in Sharon. Police said Rain shot Craig after an argument.

Attorneys for both sides gave opening statements Tuesday afternoon and the prosecution opened its case before Mercer County Common Pleas Court President Judge Robert G. Yeatts. Sharon police investigators are expected to testify today.

According to court documents, Sharon police responded at 3 a.m. June 23, 2018, to a call of shots fired in the first block of South Myers Avenue. Officers found a car with Ohio license plates in the middle of the street.

The vehicle was in gear and running. Craig, 30, of Farrell, was in the driver’s seat and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Several spent shell casings were collected from the car. 

Detectives tracked Craig’s movements and learned he had been at the T and T bar, 1101 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, just before the shooting.

Police said video surveillance images showed Rain and the victim in an apparent argument outside of the bar along Washington Street. The video shows the fight appearing to subside as Craig goes to his vehicle.

Rain can be seen on video with his back to the victim, lifting his shirt and showing two other men what appears to be a firearm in his waistband, police said.

Rain is seen making the same gesture again and gets into Craig’s car with a second man, Daniel Aaron Wiley, shortly after and the car heads west onto Roemer.

Wiley was originally charged along with Rain in connection with the homicide, but authorities later dropped the charges against Wiley.

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