Trial begins for man accused of killing ex-sheriff

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Prosecutors say the man on trial for the murder of a disgraced ex-sheriff in eastern Kentucky volunteered to kill him, but a defense attorney says there's no proof against his client.

Raymond Harris is charged with murder or complicity to commit murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence in the slaying of Paul L. Browning Jr., who was seeking to regain the Harlan County sheriff's office when his charred body was found in Bell County in March 2002.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that attorneys gave opening statements in Harris' trial on Tuesday.

Commonwealth's Attorney Karen Greene Blondell said Harris was paid $1,000 for shooting Browning in the back of the head.

Defense attorney Marcus Jones says his client is innocent and called the case against him "all talk and no proof."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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