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Trial begins in case of man alleging he was hit by shooting range's stray bullet

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A Dallas County jury is hearing evidence in a negligence case involving the controversial Garland Public Shooting Range.

Back in 2010, a Rowlett homeowner was shot by a stray bullet while working in his backyard. Three and a half years later, he is getting his day in court.

Mike Domin was working on a backhoe when he felt something strike his back. He was rushed to the hospital and spent six days in intensive care.

Now, he is suing the range owner for negligence.

Domin lived in Rowlett, about a mile away from the range, but also in the direct line from the firing line.

Owner James Day is denying liability. He does not believe the bullet came from his property.

In 2012, two other homes were hit by bullets -- one penetrated a child's bedroom in the same neighborhood.

That same year, homeowners and the City of Rowlett sued the range, forcing the owner to make a number of safety improvements including raising the berm, extending the overhead visors and repositioning the targets

Domin's attorneys are presenting his case, Rowlett Police and a ballistics expert.

Both testified they believe the bullet came from the range. The expert said it was a low speed bullet, indicating it came from a distance and not close range.

Perhaps the strongest testimony came from a Garland Power and Light consultant, who told the jury there was a history of bullets leaving the range.

Back in 2000 and 2002, he met with the range owner about power lines and conductors overhead being hit and damaging lines from people shooting up in the air.

Day also testified, saying that safety has always been a priority. His attorney emphasized there has never been a gun tied to the bullet that hit Domin, and told the jury that there are others out there shooting guns because there is a landfill next door.

While changes have been made to the range, those improvements are being kept out of the trial because when Domin was hit, those changes had not been made yet.

Domin's attorneys are emphasizing that the range did not meet the minimum safety standards as required by Texas law.

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