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Opening statements in Nguyen trial begin Monday

Rochester, N.Y.- Jurors heard opening statements Monday morning in the trial of the woman accused of supplying guns to the man behind the deadly Christmas Eve ambush in 2012.

Dawn Nguyen is accused of lying on forms to buy guns which prosecutors allege she gave to William Spengler.

Spengler shot and killed his sister; set fire to a Lake Road home, then opened fire on responding firefighters, killing two and injuring two others.

Nguyen claims that the guns were stolen from her. She is not charged with any crimes related to the ambush.

Monday, 13 firefighters showed up for the trial and the defense asked for a mistrial.  Ted Scardino, who was wounded in the ambush, was among the firefighters in the courtroom.

The presence of uniformed firefighters became an issue.

The judge has ruled no more than 10 of them can be in the courtroom at any one time, in uniform.

He is concerned about prejudicing the jury.

The judge said not all of them are in uniform therefore his ruling was not in violation.

Defense attorneys said Nguyen purchased the guns for protection nine hundred days before the ambush and that they were stolen.

Prosecutor Tim Prosperi told jurors, "She said they were stolen yet she never seemed to replace them. She says she purchased them for protection yet she never purchased ammunition."

The first witnesses will be called Monday afternoon.

The trial is expected to take up to a month.

13WHAM's Jane Flasch is in the courtroom and will have the very latest on 13WHAM News at 5 & 6.  Also check back to for the very latest developments.

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Washington Times