Preliminary Hearing Held for Gene Washington in Charlottesville Court

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The man accused of killing a teacher and her daughter in Charlottesville is learning some of the evidence the prosecution has against him.

Gene Washington was in front of a judge Thursday afternoon.

He is accused of beating Robin and Mani Aldridge to death and setting their home on fire back in December. Washington is facing two counts of first degree murder in this case.

Thursday emotions ran high in the courtroom for his preliminary hearing.

A firefighter who was first on scene at Robin and Mani's house on December 5 was in tears as he described the discovery of the mother's and daughter's bodies.

The prosecution called a handful of Charlottesville police detectives who investigated the case.

Robin and Mani's iPhones as well as video surveillance from the Barracks West Apartment Complex where Robin Aldridge's car was found were also presented.

People who knew the mother and daughter say today's hearing is just the first step to finding justice.

"I know that Robin as much as anyone would want to have justice served in this case especially for her daughter Mani," says Elly Tucker, a friend of Robin Aldridge.

Washington's defense attorney says he will wait until trial to present any expert testimony or call any witnesses.

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