Andrew Gesslein on trial in killing of Michael Randolph in Allentown

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Published: Apr 01 2013 05:22:23 PM EDT

A trial is under way in Lehigh County for a Berks County man accused of killing an aspiring rapper in Allentown.

Attorneys on Monday presented their opening statements in the trial of Andrew Gesslein, of Tilden Township.

Gesslein is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death last April of Michael Randolph at the North End Republican Club, where Gesslein was working security.

Gesslein claims he acted in self-defense.