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Trial begins for man accused in shooting near Nashville club

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The man suspected of shooting a bouncer outside a Nashville swinger's club in 2011 is now facing a jury in the case.

James Mason Jr. was described by the club as "too inebriated" and was ejected from the private club Menages on 7th Avenue South in September 2011, but he then came back with a gun.

Mason stands accused of firing shots that critically wounded a guard, an Iraq War veteran, named Jonathan Murphy.

One of the officers, who responded to the call, described in court Wednesday what he saw at the club.

"When I came to the door, I saw Mr. Murphy laying to the right on his back with an obvious bleeding from, I believe, the left side of his chest. There was a woman sitting next to him, crying," said Metro police officer Travis Baxter.

Mason is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

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