Henry Segura quadruple murder trial: Segura takes the stand

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 13, 2019

Henry Segura was the first witness to testify for the defense.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A Tallahassee man accused in a quadruple murder took the stand Wednesday and testified for more than two hours.

Henry Segura said he had no reason to kill his ex-girlfriend and her three children.

Segura is on trial for the November 2010 murders of Brandi Peters, her six year old twin daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah and his own three year old son Javante.

Segura claimed he was "flabbergasted" when he found out about their murders.

The defense called him as its very first witness to try to explain why he was at her house that night and why he lied about it.

"I told the world I didn't commit these murders," Segura said.

Henry Segura admitted to cheating and lying, but denies killing anyone.

"I have no reason whatsoever to kill my son, or those twins, neither Brandi," Segura said.

Segura took the stand Wednesday and told the court that on November 19th, 2010 he texted Brandi Peters throughout the day and went to her home to have sex with her that evening.

He claims he found out about the murders from his hairstylist the next day.

"I held my tears in, kept moving forward," Segura said.

Segura admitted he lied to police about being at Peters' house that night and lied to them about a second cell phone he used to talk to Brandi and other women.

"In this case, you lied," the prosecutor said on cross examination.

"When it pertains to me cheating on my wife, yes, I lied to them (police) because I didn't want her to find out I was over there," Segura said.

Prosecutors believe Segura killed Peters and the children in a rage over $19.000 in child support for their son Javante.

"The person who committed the murders should have a bunch of bruises and marks and scrapes and scratches all over them from her fighting, because I'm sure she did fight with all she had in her," Segura said.

At one point, Segura lost his cool under cross examination.

"She's asking the same question over and over," Segura said.

"Be quiet," Judge James Hankinson said.

"No."

"Be quiet. Now," the judge said.

"Who you pointing at? Who you pointing at?" Segura said.

"Wait until she finishes asking ... "

"I'm a grown man," Segura said.

"Fair to say this has been a frustrating process for you?" defense attorney Nathan Prince asked when he had a chance to ask some follow up questions.

"It's been an eight year long frustrating process." Segura said.

"Lost a marriage?"

"Lost everything," Segura said.

The defense is expected to continue calling witnesses in the quadruple murder case on Thursday.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — After the state rested its case against Henry Segura in the fourth day of the quadruple murder trial, Segura took the stand himself as the defense's first witness.

Segura is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her three children , including his own 3-year-old son. All four were found dead inside their home in November 2010.

Throughout the trial, you can watch a live feed from the courtroom on our Facebook page or at wctv.tv/livestream2.

The defense promptly asked the judge to acquit Segura, calling the case “very circumstantial.” The state countered by citing DNA, phone records and lies.

The judge denied the defense motion.

Henry Segura was the first witness to testify for the defense.

Segura testified that he had no reason to kill his ex-girlfriend and her three children. He claimed he was "flabbergasted" when he found bout about the murders.

"I told the world I didn't commit these murders," Segura said.

Segura admitted to cheating and lying on the stand, but he denied killing anyone.

"I have no reason whatsoever to kill my son, or those twins," he said.

Segura told the court that on November 19, 2010, he texted Brandi Peters throughout the day and went to her home to have sex with her that evening. He claims he found out about the murders the next day.

"I held my tears in, kept moving forward," he said.

Segura admitted he lied to police about being at the scene that night, and lied to them about a second cell phone he used to talk to Peters and other women.

"When it pertains to me cheating on my wife, yes, I lied to them because I didn't want her to find out I was over there," Segura said after the prosecutor stated that he lied to police.

Prosecutors believe Segura killed Peters and the children in a rage over $19,000 he owed in child support.

"The person who committed the murders should have a bunch of bruises and marks and scrapes and scratches all over them from her fighting, because I'm sure she did fight with all she had in her," Segura said.

At one point, Segura lost his cool under cross examination.

"She's asking the same question over and over," Segura said.

Judge Hankinson was not happy with Segura's attitude.

"Be quiet. Now." Hankinson said to Segura.

Hankinson told Segura not to interrupt the prosecutor while she asked him questions.

Segura's defense attorney asked him if this has been a frustrating process for him.

"It's been an eight year long frustrating process," Segura replied.

Before Segura took the stand, jurors started to listen to a phone call recorded when Segura was in a Minnesota jail soon after his arrest in September 2011. An accompanying transcript was missing pages, so they listened to that following witness testimony.

Dr. Kevin McElfresh took the stand Wednesday as part of the state's case. He specializes in forensic DNA analysis, particularly DNA mixtures.

McElfresh specializes in complex mixtures of DNA. He testified that he helped to identify remains in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and remains in the wake of the 9-11 terror attacks.

When asked why he is able to interpret DNA that FDLE cannot, he likened it to a doctor sending a patient to a specialist.

“I have an inordinate amount of experience,” McElfresh said citing 30 plus years in the field.

McElfresh was hired by the state to examine a DNA sample taken from the bathtub grab bar where all three children were found dead. He was paid $250 an hour by the state to do so.

An FDLE analyst who testified Tuesday said the sample’s low levels did not meet their guidelines and she was not able to include or exclude Segura from depositing DNA on the grab bar.

McElfresh testified that when he analyzed DNA from the grab bar it showed that Brandi Peters and twins Tamiyah and Taniyah were all present and so was Henry Segura. He said Javante’s DNA was not there.

He claimed the DNA mixture on the bathtub grab bar is 700 billion times more likely to come from these individuals than anyone else in the world.

The defense claimed an audit found McElfresh's company botched DNA tests in Illinois, and a multi-million dollar contract was cancelled because of it.

The judge declined the defense's request for the jury to hear the audit.

Following that, prosecutors started to play a recording of a phone call Segura made while in a Minnesota jail.

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