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Taybronne White Murder Trial Day 7

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The commonwealth ended its six-day presentation of evidence against Taybronne White Wednesday.

Investigators say White shot and killed Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton and Lisa Hwang in May 2011. Police say he killed them after a botched home invasion and robbery gone wrong on Ford Avenue, just over a mile away from where their bodies were found on Octonia Road. He faces 11 felony charges.

Defense attorneys told the judge they will need only half a day to show the jury why White is innocent. That was after the commonwealth wrapped up presenting its side of the case.

Among the final witnesses for the commonwealth, Jessica Houchens testified she met White for the first time only hours before the home invasion and murders. Houchens said she drank with victims Knighton and Daniels that day at her home, and that White joined them later that evening. She also says she saw Daniels take ecstasy, and that she also took some he gave her that day.

Houchens said she left Knighton and Daniels around 9:30 p.m. to take her child to a friend's house so they could sleep. When she returned at 3 a.m., she says Knighton, Daniels and White were gone.

Houchens says it wasn't until earlier this year, when she was arrested for robbery, that she reported having seen White that day in May 2011. She was released on the condition that she testify in the White case.

The judge said it will take a day or so for closing arguments and final jury instructions, so either late Friday afternoon or Monday, the case may go to the jury for deliberation.

Thursday we will learn whether White will take the stand to defend himself.

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