Alleged triple murderer goes on trial

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Testimony began Monday afternoon in Forrest County for the triple murder trial of Gregory Mootye.

Mootye, 22, is charged with the murders last February Alesia Twillie, 49, her daughter Angelica, 26, and Angelica's unborn child. The victims were shot and stabbed repeatedly in their home at the corner of Dabbs Street and Pauline Avenue in Hattiesburg.

During opening statements District Attorney Patricia Burchell told the jury Angelica told Mootye he was the father of the unborn child, but Burchell says DNA shows he wasn't. Burchell also told the jury Mootye has another child already and asked Angelica not to have the baby.

The defense claims there's no direct evidence connecting Mootye to the crimes.

Expected to testify against Mootye is Chekeita Pittman, who is under indictment as an accessory after the fact in those murders. Court will continue Tuesday morning.

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