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Day One of Holmes Murder Trial

It has been two years since Gadsden Police were called to investigate an execution style murder in that community. Now jurors will spend the next few days listening to testimony in a capital punishment case.

Twenty-one-year-old Reginald Holmes is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Two years ago, police say it was a triple murder that shocked the community. On Wednesday, the man charged in this crime could get the death penalty, if found guilty.

Back on Jan. 4, 2001, crime scene investigators were called to this house on Iron Bridge Road. Inside they found the lifeless bodies of three women who were shot execution style. Allan Richardson, the only male victim, survived. Now this man, 21-year-old Reginald Homles is suspect.

Reginald has pled not guilty to three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted first-degree murder. The initial day of testimony involved witnesses and experts called in by the prosecution.

Tylor Ellison is a neighbor of Allan Richardson. Ellison says he was at home when the shooting happened and found Richardson stumbling outside of this house.

The medical examiner said that the victims did have trace amounts of cocaine in their systems, which was found during the autopsies. The trial is expected to end at the earliest, the end of this week.

Police have no other suspects.


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