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UPDATE: Jury Returns Verdict in Webster County Triple Murder Trial

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Update 9/20/13

A Webster County jury returned a verdict in a case against a couple accused of murder Friday evening.

A jury found Michael York guilty of second degree murder in the death of Lamar Coates and guilty of two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Denise Coats and Dustin Brown, according to Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne Vandevender.   The jury didn't recommend mercy.  The jury also found Michael York guilty of one count of prohibited person possessing firearm and one count of concealment of a deceased body. 

A jury found Amanda York guilty of three counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to conceal a deceased body.

 

Update: 9/19/13

A jury heard more testimony Thursday in the trial of a Webster County couple accused of killing three people.

Prosecutors said Michael and Amanda York killed Dustin Brown, Lamar Allen, and Denise Coates.

The jury watched a videotape of a police interview with Michael York and heard testimony from a state trooper Thursday

Testimony in the trial will continue Friday.


Original story

The trial of a Webster County couple accused of murder in connection to the 2012 deaths of three people continued in Braxton County Judge Jack Alsop's chambers Wednesday.

Michael and Amanda York are charged with three counts of murder in connection to the deaths of Dustin Brown, 26 of Hacker Valley, Lamar D. Allen, also known as Elle Coates, 49, and Denise L. Coates, 49, both formerly of Maryland as well as Hacker Valley.

A jury comprised of five men and seven women listened to a taped interview with Amanda York Wednesday. On the tape, Amanda York said that Michael York shot Brown. She also said in the taped interview that Brown's body was moved.

The jury also viewed photos from the crime scene and heard testimony from a Webster County deputy, two state troopers and a paramedic who was at the scene of the crime in 2012.

Weapons, ammunition, drugs, and drug paraphernalia, all taken from Allen and Coates' house, were also introduced into evidence Wednesday. 

The Yorks' trial will continue Thursday.