August 9, 2013
Taybronne White, the Albemarle County man accused of killing three people in Greene County in 2011, was in front of a judge on Friday as attorney's argued several motions.
White faces eleven charges, including three first degree murder charges stemming from the 2011 shooting deaths of 26-year-old Brian Daniels, 25-year-old Dustin Knighton, and 26-year-old Lisa Huang.
The judge called White's case 'very complex' and with lots of business to take care of before the September 24th trial, attorneys spent an hour in conference rooms before the actual hearing began on Friday.
The Commonwealth's attorney dropped capital murder charges against White in February but he still faces life in prison.
The defense asked the judge to dismiss the case alltogether because he said the primary crime scene officer who transported all of the evidence admitted to stealing some money which was part of the evidence.
The defense said it has corrupted the entire case but the judge denied that motion.
The defense also asked the judge to exclude a video interview with a withness because the audio and video aren't in sync. He said it is a nightmare to watch. The judge, however, disagreed saying he heard the questions and answers just fine and that the jurors can also read the transcript of the interview.
White pleaded not guilty to all eleven charges and maintains his innocence. Captial murder charges were on the table, but after a mental evaluation, the dropped those, as well as the possibility of the death penalty.
Police say White shot and killed the three victims during a home invasion gone wrong on Ford Avenue in Greene County. White still faces life in prison if he is found guilty.
Back in May of this year White's attorney asked for a change in venue. That request was denied and could be brought up again during Friday hearing.
His trial date is set for September 24th attorneys will argue several more motions on September 10th.