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Trial motions heard for pending death penalty case
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 24, 2014 | 1604 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Family members of murder victim Joseph Kitchens speak to prosecutors about the death penalty case against Terrence Burney following a July 17 hearing.
Family members of murder victim Joseph Kitchens speak to prosecutors about the death penalty case against Terrence Burney following a July 17 hearing.
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Motions were heard in Jones County Superior Court for an upcoming death penalty case in preparation for the trial, which is scheduled for January.

Superior Court Judge James Cline presided over the July 15 proceeding, which consisted of several motions by the defense team for Terrence Sanchez Burney.

Burney was arrested Oct. 17, 2008, for the murder of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens with co-defendant Tyrone Terrell Richardson. The pair was indicted for the murder Feb. 10, 2011, as well as for the murder of Thomas Griffis.

Griffis was killed in his Gray barbershop July 25, 2008, and Kitchens was found dead in his Bradley home three months later, Oct. 17. No arrests were made in the Griffis murder, but Burney and Richardson were arrested hours after Kitchens’ body was found by Jones County deputies.

District Attorney Fred Bright filed notice in August of 2011 that the state would be seeking the death penalty for both defendants, and Richardson was the first up for trial.

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