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Stephen DragasitsSAN DIEGO — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the retrial of a transient accused of shooting at cars on state Route 163 during the morning commute, wounding a college student and damaging the car of another motorist.

Stephen Dragasits, 60, is charged with attempted murder and two counts each of shooting at an occupied vehicle and assault with a firearm. Jurors deadlocked on all charges in the defendant’s first trial in April 2012.

In her closing argument, prosecutor Chandelle Konstanzer said Dragasits deliberately fired from his motor home, which was parked along the freeway, wounding University of San Diego student Ashley Simmons and hitting the car of Jeffrey Lloyd-Jones the morning of April 5, 2011.

Defense attorney Euketa Oliver said that no one saw Dragasits shoot at anyone. Konstanzer said Dragasits lived in his RV and liked to hang out in the vicinity of Kearny Mesa Road near the Clairemont Mesa exit.

About a month before the shootings, Dragasits was convicted of throwing large rocks at cars in the same area, the prosecutor said.

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