Family members of Joseph Kitchens, who was the second man allegedly murdered by Burney and his partner Tyrone Terrell Richardson, were in the courtroom and groaned when the trial date was set for Jan. 12, 2015.
Richardson entered a guilty plea in Jones County Superior Court July 29, 2013, and was sentenced to life in prison for the murder charges, 20 years for armed robbery, 10 years for false imprisonment, and 20 years for burglary.
As part of his plea negotiation, Richardson agreed to testify at Burney’s trial.
Superior Court Judge James Cline appeared as frustrated as the family members at the March 20 proceeding and suggested two dates in 2014, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17, which were rejected by the defendant’s capital defense attorneys, Brad Gardner and Emily Gilbert, citing prior commitments.
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