Pretrial Motions Heard in Greene Triple Murder Case
The man accused of killing three people in Greene County was back in front of a judge Friday for a pretrial motions hearing.
Taybronne White is accused of killing three people and leaving their bodies in the middle of Octonia Road in Stanardsville back in May 2011. White is charged in connection with the death of Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton and Lisa Hwang. He faces 11 felony charges including three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of displaying a firearm while committing murder, robbery, armed burglary, malicious assault, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, and use of a firearm while attempting robbery.
White's attorney is trying to limit evidence in this case before it goes to trial later this month. Friday in Greene County Circuit Court, White's attorneys argued testimony and physical evidence has been corrupted and should be barred from trial.
His defense team presented six witnesses and several pre-trial motions. They accuse law enforcement of tampering with evidence, and cite problems with chain of custody. James Shifflett, a former Greene County animal control officer who admitted to embezzling more than $19,000 from Greene County's evidence room, testified. He was charged as custodian of evidence at the time when evidence in White's case was being held there. Shifflett's former boss said the evidence room was not maintained properly.
White's father, Alonzo Cutchin, says this shows his son can't get a fair trial. "There is a lot of things going down here in Greene County that should not be going on. That's why today, this case is about a widespread corruption in the Greene County Sheriff Department, not just one police stealing evidence," he stated.
The judge was also trying to determine if a witness identification of White was corrupt and should be allowed at trial.
The witness testified to seeing White near the crime scene, but says she requested a deal for her own criminal offenses before making the ID.
At one point Friday, White interrupted the hearing and told the judge he was not treating his attorney fairly. The judge instructed White to stay quiet.
The judge did not make any rulings on the motions Friday. White's trial is scheduled to start on September 24.
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