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Alleged mall shooter's trial pushed back to December

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Ricky Neal in court on Tuesday. Ricky Neal in court on Tuesday.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The East Texas man accused of shooting and killing another man outside of the Tyler mall was in court Tuesday. Ricky Neal Jr., 26, is charged with the murder and aggravated assault of two men outside of Broadway Square Mall in February.

According to police, Neal and another man got into an argument over posts on Twitter.

Inside a packed courtroom Tuesday, family members learned the trial would be postponed to December 2.

Chris Mass' family left frustrated that the trial was rescheduled for the second time.

This all dates back to February 9 when police were called to a morning shooting in the mall parking lot. There, Mass' loved ones were devastated to learn of the Chapel Hill High School graduate's death.

"[...He was] very well liked, loved by his friends. My son and he grew up playing sports together. Chris was an exceptional athlete," said Mass' pastor.

According to court documents, another man, Jonathon Dews told police Neal challenged him to come outside of the mall and fight with him, but Neal told police Dews was the one who wanted to fight and Neal declined. 

Read Ricky Neal Jr.'s arrest affidavit

An arrest warrant affidavit goes on to say that once the men were in the mall parking lot, Neal felt threatened by Christopher Mass who was putting on his sweatshirt in a nearby car. Court documents say, Neal told police he suspected Mass had retrieved a weapon from the car despite the fact that he never saw a weapon.

In court on Tuesday, attorneys reported that when Neal called 911  he told dispatchers that men were trying to rob him and he feared for his life.

Attorneys said Mass was shot three times and Neal attempted to shoot at Jonathon Dews as he ran.

See how family members remember Christopher Mass

Neal also faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on total bonds of $1.25 million dollars 

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