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[UPDATE] Quadruple Murder Suspect in Court

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By: Eyewitness News Email

The Tallahassee man accused of a quadruple murder has a court date set for February 27th. Henry Segura is asking to be moved from the Leon County Jail and to have the court throw the current prosecutor off the case. His court date is set for later today at 2pm at the Leon County Courthouse. A judge will hear both the motions to move Segura and the removal of the prosecutor. Segura is accused of the murders of his ex-girlfriend, their son and her two daughters.
 

2.27.2012 by James Buechele 10:41 pm

Judge Mark Walker has denied Henry Segura to be moved to another jail. This ruling comes despite an appeal by Segura's attorney Chuck Hobbs. Hobbs has claimed it's been difficult meeting with his client including the fact that some correctional officers have called his client 'baby-killer."

"We shouldn't have to keep going up and down the stairs asking for someone to help us provide a zealous defense for our client.," said Hobbs.

Despite a ruling against a move, Hobbs says he hopes both sides can learn from Monday's hearing.

"Reasonable minds can disagree. I think that overall the administration of the jail is top notch I think that some of the correction officers not all, a lot of them are great men and women, but some of the correctional officers can be a little hot-handed and overbearing."

2.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro 4:25 pm

The judge is now looking at a surveillance tape of a February 1st incident in which Segura was pepper sprayed.

The video shows Segura walking toward the correctional officer and getting sprayed in the face. The video shows within seconds eight other correctional officers circle Segura until he is handcuffed. The jail administrator says Segura was taken to the jail medical unit to flush his eyes and get a change of clothes.

The judge says he is not reviewing the officers conduct. He says he is trying to determine whether Segura's safety is is in danger if he remains at the jail.

Judge Mark Walker ruled Segura will remain at the jail because under the law as he understands it only allows him to move Segura if the sheriff requests it or if he has reason to believe Segura's physical safety is in jeopardy.

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2.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro - 2:55pm

Henry Segura's attorney claims correctional officers call him "a baby killer" while he's in the pod.

"We have concerns about whether we are on a level playing field," Hobbs said.

Hobbs says he has repeatedly been forced to wait as much as 40 minutes to meet with Segura at the jail. He also indicated that a phone call between his office and Segura was recorded because correctional officers didn't recognize the attorney's number.

LCSO attorney Alan Griner says Hobbs has access to Segura 18 hours a day, seven days a week in an attorney booth.

Griner says he has watched a video of the February 2nd pepper spray incident and it did not show Segura was "body slammed." He says there was a second disciplinary incident too.

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2.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The man accused in a quadruple murder is in court this afternoon. Henry Segura wants the court to transfer him to another jail and wants the existing prosecutor thrown off the case.

Segura's attorney points to what he called an "illegal search" of his cell authorized by prosecutor Jack Campbell. He is the son of Sheriff Larry Campbell who runs the jail. He also points to an incident on February 2nd in which Segura was pepper sprayed.

The judge says he is not sure the court has any authority to move Segura unless he is in physical danger.

"Do you have to wait to the point something has happened? Do we have to have a Rodney King? Or a dead inmate at the jail?" defense attorney Chuck Hobbs asked. "I believe our case is compromised right now."

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[UPDATE] Feb. 27, 2011 -

The Tallahassee man accused of a quadruple murder has a court date set for February 27th. Henry Segura is asking to be moved from the Leon County Jail and to have the court throw the current prosecutor off the case. His court date is set for later today at 2pm at the Leon County Courthouse. A judge will hear both the motions to move Segura and the removal of the prosecutor. Segura is accused of the murders of his ex-girlfriend, their son and her two daughters.

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[UPDATE] November 29, 2011 -

Henry Segura walked into a Leon County courtroom to begin the first stages of his defense, officially choosing defense attorney, Chuck Hobbs as lead council on his case.

In November of 2010, Tallahassee police officers found the bodies of 27-year-old Brandi Peters, her three-year-old son, and twin six-year-old girls.

Peters and one of her daughters had been shot, the other two children, including Segura's own son, had been drowned.

Eleven months later, police arrested Segura in Minnesota when a grand jury handed down a murder indictment. Defense attorney Hobbs says he plans to fight that indictment.

He says,"Without getting too specific, I do know this, we filed a motion to have the grand jury proceedings transcribed, because with what we have so far, we're having a difficult time to determine why probable cause existed to indict him in the first place."

Grand jury proceedings are usually kept secret in Florida, and prosecutor Jack Campbell says he plans to fight to keep it that way. Until then, the next time Segura could face a judge will be February 16th.

He is charged with four counts of 1st degree murder and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

[UPDATE] November 29, 2011 -

Today Chuck Hobbs was named lead defense counsel in Segura’s case.

Segura's next court appearance is set for February 16th.

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[UPDATE] November 29, 2011 -

A man accused of killing a Tallahassee woman and her 3 children is in court.

Henry Segura is in a Tallahassee courtroom as a judge considers several motions in the case.

Segura is facing four counts of first degree murder and prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

WCTV has a reporter in the courtroom. Stay with WCTV for details.

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UPDATED 10.13.11 by Julie Montanaro

A man accused of killing a Tallahassee woman and her three children could face the death penalty for it.

Henry Segura was brought back to Tallahassee to face charges yesterday and he was in court first thing this morning to answer to four counts of murder.

Henry Segura sat in jailhouse blues with his hands in his lap as the judge read the charges against him.

He's facing four counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Brandi Peters, her twin daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah and the couple's three year old son, Javonte Segura.

Segura's attorney entered not guilty pleas to all four.

"Once all of the facts come out, I believe it's going to be clear that there was a reason it took almost a year for the state to indict Mr. Segura," said defense attorney Chuck Hobbs. "There's some serious lapses in evidence here and we really believe he's not guilty of these charges."

Segura was brought back to Tallahassee to face charges Wednesday afternoon ... almost 11 months after the family was found dead in its Saddle Creek Run home.

Newly released court documents paint a harrowing picture of what happened inside.

Police reports say there were bullet holes in the bedroom, bathroom, hallway and living room.

One phone cord was ripped and another phone had been unplugged from the wall, forensic reports said.

Autopsy reports show Brandi Peters was shot eight times. Her hands were swollen and her nails torn. The medical examiner concluded her daughter Tamiyah had been shot in the head at close range. The two other children were drowned, the medical examiner said, and police reports say all three children were found dead in the bathtub.

The state will seek the ultimate penalty for it.

"The state's going to be seeking the death penalty in the case. We'll expect to be filing the paperwork associated with that in the next few days based on the totality of the case," prosecutor Jack Campbell said.

Segura will remain behind bars without bond until his trial. There's no date yet set for that.

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UPDATE 10.13.11 - Noon - by Julie Montanaro

A man accused of killing a Tallahassee woman and her 3 children is now facing the possibility of the death penalty for it.

Henry Segura appeared via video link from the jail this morning. The judge ordered him to stay there without bond until his trial.

Henry Segura is accused of killing Brandi Peters and her 6 year old twins, and the couple's 3 year old son. Segura was captured in Minnesota and brought back to Tallahassee yesterday afternoon. This morning, Segura made his first court appearance in Tallahassee. His attorney entered a not-guilty plea to first degree murder and said after that they are holed in the evidence and he his convinced Segura will be cleared.

After the hearing, the prosecutor told me he intends to seek the death penalty against Segura and plans to file that paperwork in the next few days. Eyewitness News spoke with neighbors in Saddle Creek about the death penalty announcement. One woman told us, "I'm not God, but I'm cool with it." Another said, "if it fits, he should wear it."


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