Henry Segura takes the stand in his own defense during the quadruple murder trial on Aug. 11, 2017.
The quadruple murder trial of Henry Segura enters its third week today, with his defense attorney expected to present final witnesses.
The 38-year-old journeyman welder faces the death penalty if convicted of the killings of his girlfriend Brandi Peters, her twin daughters 6-year-old Tamiyah and Taniayah Peters and the son the pair had together, 3-year-old JaVonte Segura.
The case is expected to go to the jury on Tuesday after both sides present closing arguments. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Segura.
Last week, Leon Circuit Judge James Hankinson urged the 12-person jury to bring a change of clothes in case they need to be sequestered.
Friday, Segura testified on his own behalf, directly refuting prosecutors’ claims he killed Peters and her children over $20,000 in back child support he was ordered to pay.
It capped off a week of questioning of dozens of witnesses.
Prosecutors presented cell phone evidence that they say puts Segura at the home during the time of the murders and point to his deception with police about his whereabouts in the initial days of the investigation.
The state says Segura killed the four after he became angered over the child support money. A federal inmate housed with Segura testified that the accused confessed to the crimes shortly after he was arrested while he was being transported from Minnesota to Tallahassee.
Defense attorneys argue Segura was not involved in the killings and Peters may have been murdered over a drug debt she owed to a Mexican cartel. They presented alternate suspects and physical evidence that was not pursued by TPD investigators. They also point to a lack of forensic evidence linking him to the killings.
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