Columbus woman shot in face to testify

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The trial for a Columbus man charged with shooting a woman in the face entered its second day Wednesday and detectives working the case took the stand.

Police say 41-year-old Lisa Johnson nearly lost her life when she was shot in the lower part of her face last April.

The suspect, Boyzie Barnes, faces attempted murder charges. He says it was a "freak accident" but detectives testified he's told them different stories about what happened.

Prosecutors call Lisa Johnson and Barnes "acquaintances."

At first, police say Barnes told them he found Johnson on her bed the morning of the shooting at her apartment on Ticknor Drive in South Columbus, already suffering from a gunshot wound.

When he was being questioned afterwards, officers performed a gunshot residue test on his hands in the interrogation room.

That's when they say he changed his story, saying he started arguing with Johnson over a gun when she exploded, striking his hand that the gun was in and it suddenly fired, hitting her in the face.

Prosecutors say doctors, a gunshot residue expert and the victim, Lisa Johnson, are set to testify in the case.

According the state, Barnes was convicted of murder and armed robbery in 1986 and released from prison in 1999.

The trial continues in Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan's courtroom Thursday morning.

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