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Trial Starting for Man Charged in Ice Cream Driver's Slaying

Jury selection is scheduled for the trial of a Frederick man accused of fatally shooting an ice-cream truck driver while children waited in line.

Attorneys say they expect to select a jury and make opening statements Monday in the trial of 28-year-old Larnell Lyles.

Lyles is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2015 slaying of 22-year-old Brandon Brown outside a subsidized housing complex.

Brown was selling ice cream in the Lucas Village housing complex when he was approached by Lyles, court documents say.

Lyles, 27, asked Brown what kind of ice cream he sold from the Big Daddy's ice cream truck parked on the 400 block of Vermont Court, and Brown replied he had several types, a witness said.

Brown then stepped outside of the van to smoke a cigarette and came face-to-face with Lyles, the witness said. Lyles reportedly told children standing nearby to "watch it," pulled a revolver from his waistband and fired at Brown three times.

The ice cream truck driver died at the scene.

Another worker in the truck told police the shooting was unprovoked. But an attorney for Lyles said last year that Brown had been stalking and harassing Lyles for months over a $20 debt.

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