Pasco murder trial begins in 'onion fields' case

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- A murder trial has begun in Pasco in the shooting death of a man described as an "onion kingpin" who arranged jobs each summer in the fields.

Franklin County prosecutors say 31-year-old Ramon Garcia-Morales killed Alfredo Garcia and wounded his wife in December 2008 in Pasco because Garcia-Morales blamed him for his financial hardships.

In opening arguments Thursday the defense lawyer said the shots were fired in self-defense after an argument over lack of work in the onion fields turned violent.

The Tri-City Herald reports both men came from the same village in Mexico and were related through marriage.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com