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Greene Triple Murder Suspect to Stand Trial in September

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A man prosecutors say murdered three people in Greene County and left their bodies out on the road will stand trial.

Investigators say Taybronne White, 27, 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.

White appeared in court Friday to have his case and evidence thrown out, but that did not happen. White's defense team said compromised and defective evidence denied him a fair trial and the judge rejected that argument.

An animal control officer, James Shiflett, was convicted of taking thousands of dollars from the Greene County Sheriff's evidence room between April 2009 and December 2011. The defense said because Shiflett may have tampered with evidence from White's case, the whole case should be thrown out. 

Defense attorneys also asked the court to throw out the case because of mismatched sound and video on taped testimony. The judge rejected both requests.

Attorneys and the court agreed White's mental state may be important for sentencing.

The court will take up more motions on September 10 and 15. White goes to trial on September 24.

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