Details emerge in triple murder trial; defendant allegedly confessed

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Day two of testimony kicked off Tuesday morning in Forrest County where a Hattiesburg man is on trial for a triple murder.

Gregory Mootye is charged with the killings of Alesia Twillie, her daughter Angelica and Angelica's unborn child named Markel. The murders happened last February at the Twillie home at the corner of Dabbs Street and Pauline Avenue in Hattiesburg.

Testimony came from Mootye's former roommate, Deveiun Tripp, who told the court Mootye confessed the murders to him saying he shot both victims but when they didn't die, began stabbing them.

Testimony also came from Chekeita Pittman, who Mootye was having a sexual relationship with. She told the court she dropped Mootye off near the home early that morning, before the murders happened.

Tripp and Pittman both testified they later went to pick Mootye up at an apartment complex about a mile and a half from the scene after receiving a phone call from him. Both say they didn't know what Mootye had done and both are currently indicted with accessory after the fact.

Hattiesburg Police Detective, Brandon McLemore, testified a knife recovered from the scene matched the kind Mootye had access to at his job at Marshall Durbin. Prosecutors say Angelica Twillie told Mootye he was the father of the unborn child, but prosecutors say DNA evidence shows he's in fact not the father.

According to statement's he gave police, Mootye has one child already and has gotten several girls pregnant, all of whom he asked to get abortions.

McLemore testified all signs began to point towards Mootye, especially after it was determined the victims were stabbed by someone's left hand.

"Out of all the suspects I interviewed, out of all the people I talked to one person was left handed during the course of this investigation. That person was in fact Greg Mootye," said McLemore in open court.

The prosecution will continue with testimony Wednesday morning and is then expected to rest.

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