Jury selection got underway Tuesday in the murder trial of Taybronne White, the man accused of killing three people in Greene County in May 2011.
Investigators say White shot and killed Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton and Lisa Hwang. Their bodies were found in the middle of Octonia Road in Stanardsville. Police say he killed them after a home invasion and robbery on Ford Avenue, just over a mile away.
White is facing 11 felony charges, including first-degree murder. Now, more than two years after the killings, White's trial has begun.
Delays in the case came in part due to a number of defense motions, including a request for a change of venue and calls to dismiss the case based on compromised evidence. His defense team brought up a former employee at the sheriff's office who admitted to embezzling thousands of dollars from the evidence room. White's father, Alonzo Cutchin, says this shows his son can't get a fair trial.
The court says it hopes to finish selecting jurors Wednesday, and then it's expected to rule on a number of pending motions that will decide what evidence comes in to trial. Opening statements could begin Wednesday. The trial is expected to last three weeks.
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