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Drug dealer, charged with murder, back in court Friday

A drug dealer charged with murder will be back in court Friday morning.

Eriklit Musollari testified at his own trial Thursday, saying he shot a fellow drug dealer out of fear for his own life.

The 24-year-old cocaine dealer pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges, in connection with the March 2012 shooting death of Peyman Hatami.

Musollari, an Albanian refugee in Canada, admitted he did fire the bullet that killed Hatami at a strip mall in the Hog's Back area, but said he was trying to scare off Hatami and another convicted drug dealer, Mustafa Waili.

The two had come to settle "beef" with Musollari because he was dealing cocaine in Waili's "area".

Musollari had been in a customer's car selling $40 of cocaine when Hatami and Waili walked up. Hatami started punching Musollari through the car window, that's when he reached for the gun, hoping they'd stop and turn away.

Musollari claims in the heat, and stress, of the moment, he pulled the trigger.

He then fled the scene in a panic. Hatami, 31, died in the parking lot.

Musollari told the jury Thursday, he got into drug dealing as a way to make more money. He had worked different labour and construction jobs but said it wasn't enough to pay the bills.

His cocaine supplier sold him the gun for self-protection.

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