Trial begins in Carver Village triple murder case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The triple murder trial is underway the 2015 shooting deaths of three individuals found in Carver Village.

Three suspects were named in the death of Kiana Marshall, 21, Alexis Kitchens, 19, and Isaiah Martin, 18. One suspect took a plea deal and the trial for the other two began Monday, Dec. 4 with opening arguments.

The prosecution says James Hampton and Dwayne Abney are responsible for shooting and killing the three victims.

Within minutes of the prosecution’s opening statement, the victims’ families were asked to leave the courtroom. The graphic images presented brought back the pain and the courtroom filled with sobs.

The prosecution says Marshall didn’t want her cousin’s friend, Diamond Butler, staying in her house for free anymore, which upset Butler so she told her friend, Hampton to “shoot up the house.”

Several Carver Village residents also testified to hearing the gunshots that night.

“I heard, maybe one to two shots, then I heard two, two or three more shots, and then I heard another combination of shots,” resident Marcus Hall testified

Paulette Moore lives next door to the home on Lynah Street, she testified, “My son was still sleeping with me at the time, so I grabbed him and said let’s get on the floor, ’cause I didn’t know where they were coming from, I just knew they were close.”

The jury heard from an inmate at the Chatham County jail who testified that Hampton admitted to him he had killed three people.

“He told me he killed three people… something about some females,” the inmate said.

The jury also heard testimony from Jamaica Bell, Marshall’s cousin who had been staying at the house with Diamond. Bell testified that Marshall allowed the two to stay in her house as long as they worked and helped with bills. Bell said Marshall was having trouble with Butler staying in the house and “not helping.”

If convicted, James Hampton and Dwayne Abney both face life in prison.

Watch News 3 at 5 & 6 tonight for more on this story.

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