MANATEE -- After two and a half days of jury selection, a juror had to be removed immediately before the start of Byron Galloway's murder trial this afternoon.
A juror was dismissed after a bailiff reported to Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith seeing the juror talking with a member of Galloway's family.
Attorneys agreed to dismiss the juror.
Galloway, 17, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dejuan Williams on Aug. 4, 2009. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Galloway was visiting Williams' younger sister and shot Williams when he was confronted, Manatee sheriff deputies said.
Williams, 18, was a star athlete at Bayshore High School who had graduated a couple of months before he was killed.
Jametrea Washington, 16, Williams' younger sister, took the stand first after opening statements.
Washington had invited Galloway over to hang out with a couple of friends.
A household rule said Washington was not allowed to have boys over without their mother home.
She said in court she met Galloway when she was about 12-years-old at the Boys and Girls Club.
Williams became worried about his sister and later returned home with friends to confront Galloway and another boy visiting his sister and her friend, Danielle Johnson.
"My brother kept asking who was in the house," said Washington as her voice choked with fresh tears. "Danielle and I just looked at each other. We were nervous."
Galloway and the other boy, Galloway's friend, fled the house. Galloway was found by one of Williams' friends.
Williams confronted Galloway in the backyard while holding a baseball bat, asking what he was doing in his house.
Galloway first apologized and then said, "Forget this," and shot Williams with a gun from about 10 feet away, according to court documents.
Washington, who was near the front of the house, was standing with Johnson when they heard the gunshot.
She remembers Danielle saying over and over, "Your brother. He shot your brother. Your brother is dead."
Washington said she rushed to the backyard, which was dark, searching for her brother.
"I tried to shake him. He wouldn't get up. His eyes was rolling back in his head," she said.
Williams' friends pushed her away. They carried Williams and laid him on his car.
"They was walking around, but they didn't know what to do," Washington said.
Washington said she touched her brother again to try to shake him and his blood smeared on her hand.
She said she saw Galloway run and get into a car shortly after.