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Greene Triple Murder Suspect in Court for Pre-Trial Motions

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The man accused of a triple homicide in Greene County was back in court Tuesday for a pre-trial motions hearing.

Taybronne White, 27, is accused of shooting three people and leaving their bodies out in a road. The bodies of Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton and Lisa Hwang were discovered in the middle of Octonia Road in Standardsville in May 2011. Investigators linked the triple homicide to White, who faces 11 felony charges.

Tuesday during the pre-trial motions, a Greene County judge looked at the evidence and witness testimony that the defense and the commonwealth hope to use during the trial.

The judge granted the defense access to pre-sentence reports. The judge will also grant transcripts for the plea and sentencing hearing to both the defense and to the commonwealth. The transcripts are already public record.

The judge also approved an "additional resource" motion to the defense. It will provide additional funds so the defense can finish getting information from an expert witness. The funds will ensure up to an additional 60 hours from the expert witness.

The commonwealth also expressed concern of keeping the identity of a certain witnesses - currently known as "y"- anonymous. The defense argued that she should be required to testify and she shouldn't be anonymous.

The judge concluded Tuesday's hearing by pushing back decisions on three outstanding matters to Friday, September 13.  One motion is the alleged violent conduct of the victims.

The judge will also decide Friday if the Greene County Sheriff's Office's policies will be excluded from the trial. This deals with the way investigators interviewed a witness and if there might have been a bias in the way suspect photos were released to that witness.

Finally, the judge will decide upon an automobile motion Friday - specifically looking at whether or not a vehicle will be brought to the trial as evidence.

White's trial date is scheduled for September 24. 

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