Self-defense claimed in killing of Pa. 11th grader

November 1, 2011 6:22:55 AM PDT
The lawyer for a Pennsylvania man accused of fatally shooting a high school student says his client fired only after the slain teen pulled the trigger of a gun loaded with the wrong ammunition.

The attorney for Falandez James says James killed 17-year-old Carron London in self-defense after the teen's gun misfired during a confrontation outside a Coatesville gas station in June 2010.

Prosecutors say London tried to fire at James after being shot. London was a student at Coatesville High School.

James is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the killing and could face life in prison if convicted.

The trial in Chester County court is expected to last through the end of the week.