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Taybronne White Back in Court, New Details Emerge

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A man prosecutors say murdered three people in Greene County and left their bodies in the road will not get a change of venue.

Taybronne White appeared in the court Tuesday morning. White faces 11 felony charges for the triple homicide that happened in May 2011.   

Tuesday, White's defense team brought a motion to change the venue for his trial - a move some say is premature.

"It's very rare that a change of venue motion is granted early.  When change of venue motions have been granted, it usually comes because the judge has tried to get a fair jury and has realized, my goodness everyone in this county knows all about this case," said Lloyd Snook, NBC29 legal analyst.  

Investigators say White shot and killed Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton and Lisa Hwang in May 2011. Their bodies were found in the middle of Octonia Road in Stanardsville. Police say White killed them after a home invasion and robbery on Ford Avenue, just over a mile away.

The judge denied the defense's motion for now - saying that he believed White would be able to get a fair and impartial trial in Greene County.

"In all likelihood, they won't revisit this issue until the first day of trial," said Snook.

Both sides also want to get their hands on a presentence report for former Greene County animal control officer James Shifflett.

He admitted to taking more than $19,000 from an evidence room at the county sheriff's office between April 2009 and December 2011.

It is during that same time evidence from the White case was held in that room, and attorneys worry Shifflett may have tampered with it.

"They're trying to learn more about it in part to see if they can figure out whether there's any possibility that evidence in this case truly was tampered with in a way that will hurt the defense," said Snook.  

White will be back in court for a suppression motions hearing in July and a final pretrial motions hearing in early September. He is set to face a jury on September 24.

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