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Suspects waive hearing in killing of mother of newborn twins

Associated Press • Jun 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

KNOXVILLE — Two men charged with first-degree murder in the apparent drive-by shooting of the mother of twin newborns have waived probable cause hearings.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the suspects allowed charges to be sent to a grand jury on Monday.

Knoxville police charged 22-year-old Lavonte Dominique Simmons, and 24-year-old Shawn David O’Neill in the fatal shooting earlier this month of 21-year-old Uniquea Brown.

Bruce Poston represents O’Neil.

“The D.A. offered open files, which means we get everything they’ve got (on the case),” Poston said.

Poston said that includes witness statements, which aren’t discoverable and usually only come out at trial.

Public Defender Mark Stephens, who represents Simmons, wasn’t immediately available by telephone Monday.

Police found the defendants hiding in a house, hours after Brown was shot June 7 in a front yard near the Knoxville College campus.

Both suspects are held in lieu of $1 million bond.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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