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Judge Denies Motions to Suppress Evidence in Madison Triple Homicide Case

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A triple homicide case in Madison County is moving forward even though the defense tried to get the case thrown out.

The crimes happened in February 2011 when prosecutors say Rashad Riddick shot and killed his aunt, his uncle, and his cousin. It happened at a farmhouse in Madison, and when police got on scene, they say a relative told them Riddick had been with the family.

Officers also say Riddick had a violent past, and they feared for the public, making it urgent they find him.

At a motions hearing Wednesday, the defense presented motions to suppress evidence and dismiss indictments in the case. The defense says police jumped to conclusions, assumed guilt, and broke the law by tracking Riddick's phone. They also have a problem with the jail because it recorded phone conversations between Riddick and his lawyers. Finally, they claim one of the prosecution's key witnesses has committed perjury.

But every motion the defense presented, the judge struck down. The defense plans to file more motions. The next motions hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Madison County Circuit Court.

A bench trial is scheduled to begin September 15 and last for four to six weeks.

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