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Taybronne White Murder Trial Day 4

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The triple murder trial for Taybronne White has wrapped up its first week. White is the man accused of killing three people and leaving their bodies in the middle of a Greene County road. He is charged with 11 felonies including first-degree murder.

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 he killed them after a home invasion and robbery went wrong on Ford Avenue, just over a mile away.

Friday morning the jury heard painstaking details of blood and other evidence collected from a Honda Civic. Prosecutors allege a gunfight broke out in the car between White and the three victims. Several pieces of evidence were taken from the car including marijuana, cash and a live pit bull.

Hearing the technical aspects of evidence collection and watching many bags being entered into evidence was a stark contrast to Thursday's dramatic testimony. In day three of the trial, jurors saw photos of the three dead victims, guns, and blood spread across Octonia Road. Read more testimony from Thursday here.

Friday afternoon the jury heard for the first time that police have discovered DNA swabs that were missing less than two weeks ago. Thursday the jury heard from James Shifflett, a former evidence technician who was convicted of stealing cash from evidence in this case and 33 others. Shifflett said he tore through bags looking for money but took nothing else.

Two of White's sisters – Nahshona and Jasmin White - were at the trial Friday to support him.

"I knew two of them. I knew Dustin K. and I knew Brian," Jasmin said. "They've been to my house before, they've eaten in my house before and that's why I know he would not do this to his friends."

"My brother's a very loving person and, as my sister also said, he could have never committed such a heinous crime. It's not in his nature or his ability, period," Nahshona stated.

The defense suggested for the first time Friday that another man could be responsible for the entire crime and that man is in custody on charges of robbery. We are likely to hear more about the other man when the trial resumes next week.

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