ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Testimony began Thursday in the double murder trial of a Metairie man accused of killing his father and half-sister two years ago, and emotions ran high in court as prosecutors played crime scene video of the bodies.
In opening statements prosecutors said they had a taped confession from defendant Jacob Middleton Jr., but his attorney said that statement was made under duress.
After opening statements Kelly Bravo, the mother of 2-year-old victim Makayla, took the stand. She said the little girl went to the Abita Springs home of her father, Jacob Middleton Sr., for the weekend. But Bravo said she became concerned when Middleton didn't show up for work Monday morning.
Bravo testified she drove to the home, forced her way in and discovered her daughter and the girl's father dead on the floor. At first she thought they were sleeping until she saw they had been shot in the head.
Prosecutors said Jacob Jr., who was 17 at the time, fired the fatal shots then tried to use his father's ATM card. They said he had gunpowder residue on his hands and he confessed to the shootings.
Defense attorneys question the validity of that confession. They said that Jacob Jr. had been doing drugs and hadn't slept in more than 24 hours. They also said the alleged confession came after 17 hours of police questioning.
The prosecution continued to call witnesses Thursday evening.