Poore brothers' hearing continued to September


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Cedric and James Poore
Cedric and James Poore
Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 7/16/2013 4:42 pm Published: 7/16/2013 4:41 pm


Day two of testimony in the preliminary hearing for James and Cedric Poore ended with a continuance.

The brothers are accused in the quadruple murder of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchior, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson at the Fairmont Terrace apartments near 61st and Peoria on Jan. 7.

Tuesday's testimony was spent on one witness: Deandre Jones.

Jones was living with his sister, Janella Jones, at the time of the murders and so was her boyfriend, James Poore.

The prosecution said the robbery plot that led to the murders was hatched in that apartment.

Jones said he spent quite a bit of time with James Poore and his brother Cedric.

Jones admitted drug use was common in the apartment.

He also admitted in his testimony that his sister had been angry with Rebeika Powell the day before the murders because she had accused his sister of stealing either drugs or money.

Jones said he woke up in his sister's apartment on the afternoon of the murders and two other people were in the living room with him. He said at that time Cedric and James Poore and his sister were in her bedroom talking.

Jones testified as he was getting ready he heard their conversation through a wall and heard James Poore say 'are you ready to hit this lick,' which he interpreted to mean a robbery.

Jones, who is almost completely blind, then left and walked to the AT&T store to pay his phone bill.

He testified when he made it back to apartment there were emergency vehicles all over the complex and he remembers James Poore telling him four women had been murdered.

Jones then testified he never thought the Poore brothers could be connected until police came back with a search warrant and took Jones to the police station to be questioned.

The defense spent a lot of time trying to catch inconsistencies in Jones' testimony, but Jones answered most of the defense's questions with 'I don't remember' or 'not to my knowledge.'

After a lunch break James and Cedric Poore's other brother, Eric, was accused of taking pictures of witnesses walking into the.courthouse.

The judge warned him and the rest of the court that intimidating witnesses would not be
tolerated.

Because of scheduling conflicts the preliminary hearing won't continue until September 9.


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