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White Appears in Greene County Court to Face Murder Charge

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Taybronne White was first charged with a Greene County home invasion. Now those charges have been dropped and he is facing first degree murder. White had a hearing Wednesday where he says he's not guilty. But his friends say otherwise.

In Greene County General District Court, White was officially charged with first degree murder for the death of Brian Lee Daniels. 

The courtroom was packed with family members on all sides, all wanting to know the truth about what happened that night in May. The man at the center of it all says he didn't do it.

White stated, "I'm innocent of these crimes."

It's the first words we've heard from White, the man now accused of murder. White and his family say Greene County investigators have the wrong guy.

"My son is not a killer in spite of what everyone says," said Alonzo Cutchin, White's father.

The six charges White faced in connection with a home invasion and robbery on Ford Avenue in Stanardsville have now been dropped.

Greene County Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Morris said, "Meaning they were dropped for now. They can be brought back at a later time."

Authorities say new DNA evidence is what lead to the murder charge but wouldn't elaborate. White's father questions the new revelations.

"We want the truth to come out," stated Cutchin.

Friends of the three murder victims, found dead in the middle of Octonia Road, are also looking for the truth.

"He was the only one left. Everyone knows he was in the car," said Benjamin Woodson, a friend of Daniels.

Woodson knew Daniels since they were 15. He says the four stormed the Ford Avenue house in May to get drugs and money. Then White got greedy.

White was also denied bond Wednesday. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on the new charge on September 28.

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