SUTTON, W.Va. — Testimony is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in Braxton County Circuit Court in the triple murder trial of a Webster County couple.
Michael and Amanda York allegedly killed Dustin Brown, Lamar Allen and Denise Coates in June 2012. Two of the three bodies were found in the Yorks’ yard near Hacker Valley.
The trial began Tuesday morning in Sutton with opening statements. The case was moved to Braxton County because attempts to choose a jury in Webster County failed.
The 12-member panel traveled to the murder scene Tuesday afternoon. The prosecution is scheduled to begin calling its first witnesses Wednesday morning.
Amanda York originally told police she was home alone when the three came to her residence and threatened her and she shot them in self-defense. York later told police she and her husband had been in an argument with the other three at another house earlier in day. She said the three then came to their home and the argument continued.
Previous reports said the Yorks’ five-year-old child told police Michael York fired the deadly shots. Police arrested Michael York near the Amma exit on Interstate 79.
The Yorks have been in jail since last summer.