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Trial in murder case to begin today

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

The trial of a Denton County man accused of fatally shooting his father begins today.

Daniel Scott Gary, 35, was charged with murder, accused of shooting 65-year-old William Carl Gary in the face with a shotgun in a barn near Sanger, according to court documents.

Denton County sheriff’s deputies responded to the elder Gary’s home on FM2450 on April 9, 2011, after a friend of Daniel Gary’s called 911 after he allegedly told the friend he had killed his own father.

Deputies reported that William Gary had suffered a shotgun wound to his face, and investigators found a shotgun in the vehicle Daniel Gary was driving.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Griggs said Daniel Gary told investigators he was unemployed and living in a travel trailer on his father’s farm. He and his father had not been getting along before the outbreak that Saturday in the barn, Griggs said.

Investigators said Daniel Gary took his father’s truck to Lake Dallas, gun in tow, where he was stopped by Lake Dallas police who learned he might be going to visit a former girlfriend and former work supervisor in a nearby mobile home park.

Court documents indicate a plea agreement was discussed but none was reached in the case.

Daniel Gary’s court-appointed attorney, Bruce Isaacks, did not return a call for comment.

“The prosecutors — Michael Graves and Matt Shovlin — are eager to present the evidence of this brutal crime to a jury,” Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said in an e-mail Friday.

William Gary, a Vietnam veteran, worked as a pressman for the Denton Record-Chronicle from 1981 to 2002.

Jury selection begins at 8:15 a.m. today in the 367th Judicial District Court before Judge Margaret E. Barnes.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is .