Danny Hembree Trial Begins

on October 19, 2011 in Alleged Serial Killers by

Attorneys gave opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Danny Hembree for the October 2009 murder of 17-year-old Heather Catterton of Gastonia, North Carolina. Prosecutors say Hembree got Heather high on drugs, strangled her with a phone charger cable, and dumped her body on a deserted road.

The district attorney also told jurors that they will see a video taped confession by Hembree.

In his own opening statement, Hembree’s attorney said that his client’s confession could not be believed as he often lies to police. The judge asked if that was really the way he wished to portray his client.

Testimony started Tuesday, with a police officer introducing into evidence Heather’s dirty, stained sweatshirt and socks. These were the only items found on her body.

Hembree is also accused in the 2009 murder of Randi Saldana and the 1992 death of Deborah Ratchford, both 30-years-old at the time of their deaths. Those trials will be handled separately.

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