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September 23, 2009

Defendant doesn't remember shooting

The man accused of murder in August 2008 took the witness stand Tuesday in Edgecombe County Superior Court.

Bobby Ray Bordeaux Jr., 38, is accused first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Clifton Jackson, during an altercation at the Hogs Pen Pub near Macclesfield in the early morning of Aug. 31, 2008.

He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill causing serious injury, for shooting John Warlick, 50, at the bar that night.

The defendant, his wife and a psychiatrist were among the witnesses Tuesday who described their roles before, during and after the shootings.

Bordeaux said he went to the bar that night to celebrate the birthday of two of his younger brothers, Steve and Alan. Because of his alcohol use that day and night, he told jurors that he could only remember "pieces" of Aug. 30-31.

Bordeaux said he could remember that he drove his brother Alan's dirt bike to the pub, with the last thing he could remember from that night was that he collected change for a game of pool. The next thing he said he remembered was being handcuffed and presented before the magistrate, being read the charges against him.

Edgecombe County Sheriff's Sgt. Gene Harrell told the jury Monday the defendant had been so drunk that he could not even question him that night about the incident.

Bordeaux's wife, Robin, said she learned that her husband was at the bar that night and had come to take him home. While Bordeaux and his brother Eddie followed her out the door, Robin said Eddie exchanged words and "took a swing" at Jackson, who then hit Eddie and knocked him to the ground.

Robin said Jackson was standing "right in front of me," when she got ready to turn to go towards Eddie, who was separated and being held on the ground by the bar's owner.

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