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Deliberations begin in Tempe man's murder trial

PHOENIX -- Deliberations are underway in the trial of a Tempe man charged in the 2010 shooting death of his girlfriend.

Wade Bradford's trial began mid-January; jurors began deliberations Wednesday morning.

Authorities said Bradford fatally shot his ex-girlfriend when she came to his home with her new boyfriend to collect her belongings. He also faced a charge of aggravated assault after police said he threatened the boyfriend.

Bradford said the shooting was self-defense after the man charged at him, causing the gun to accidentally go off, striking the woman.

Separately, Bradford also is charged in the 2006 death of a previous girlfriend whose body was found in 2011. He has denied involvement in her death. A trial date in that case has not yet been set.

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