Emotions were high as suspects in several West Alabama murders appeared Monday in court. The cases of three suspects charged in three separate murders were brought before a circuit judge in Choctaw County. On this day a trial date was set for each of the cases.
The sister of one suspect and daughter of a victim got into a heated exchange outside a Choctaw County courtroom Monday. The exchange did not result in physical violence, but instead, shouts of outrage from the sister of Kristie Diamond and the daughter of Theodore Martin. The 61-year-old was gunned down at his home outside Butler on October 25, 2011.
"I'm tired because my sister is not guilty. She has an illness, but she's not guilty," says Linda Strydom.
"I'm tired of it! I'm ready for it to be over with," says Theodore Martin's daughter, Rhonda Turner. "She keeps coming up with excuses to prolong it, when people can go out here and commit a misdemeanor or a little bitty felony and go to court way before she did!"
Another suspect who appeared in court was 31-year-old Justin Prestage. He's accused in the shooting death of his first cousin Jerry last January.
"We don't know why he did it," says Sharon Johnson. At the time of his death, she was engaged to Jerry Prestage.
"I just want justice! I don't hate him. I just want justice served because he took a life," says Jerry Prestage's mother, Estella Prestage.
Justin Prestage is currently free from jail on bond. As for Kristie Diamond, she remains in the Choctaw County jail. Both Prestage and Diamond are set to stand trial April 29th.
A third murder trial is also set for the week of April 29th in Choctaw County Circuit Court. It's for Scott Williamson. He's charged with the blunt force trauma death of Florida native, Scott Rorabeck, in June 2012. At this time Williamson remains in the Choctaw County jail.