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Day 6 of Henry Segura Murder Retrial: Defense rests case, state calls rebuttal witnesses

Posted at 8:50 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 17:23:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A cartel member said to be connected to the death of a Tallahassee woman and her children says he's innocent.

This all comes a day after another man said he order a hit on Segura's mistress and her children.

Angel Avila-Quinones wasn't in court Friday, but the jury was able to watch an interview he did about his possible connection to these murders.

James Santos previously confessed to ordering a hit on the Peters family. He says Angel Avila-Quinones was one of the seven people that went to Brandi Peters home to kill her and her children.

Earlier this month, an FBI agent and lead attorneys for both sides interviewed Avila-Quinones in Italy.

Avila-Quinones says he was deported in 2009 after spending time in prison and has lived there since.

But the defense attorneys say his DNA was left behind at the scene.

"It is strange to me. I have never been there on that date. I have never been to the United States and I was, I didn't have any concerns when they tested me because I knew that it wasn't me," said Avila-Quinones.

The state also believes that he's not connected to this case.

The state says a DNA expert was able to determine that it wasn't Avila-Quinones' DNA left at the scene.

One of the biggest questions to come out of court Friday was how did Segura know so much about the murders.

A gang member who says he had Brandi Peters and her children killed took the stand in the Henry Segura Quadruple murder trial. Segura's accused of killing his mistress over child support.

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James Santos says he knows all about the murder because he ordered the murders.

Santos says he had a team kill Peters and her children after she stole almost $100,000 from him.

Brandi Peters was found beaten and shot multiple times. Two of her children were drowned.

Another was shot, then thrown into the tub with the others.

Santos says seven people were involved in the murders, which he ordered from prison. Santos confessed seven years after the crime.

He says he didn't want to get arrested for the murders, but he came forward when other gang members started to wonder if he was stealing from them as well.

"You know, when you bring a person into your organization, they work for you. You're responsible for them. I vouched for her," said Santos. "They didn't know her other than through me, so I let them know that she was a reliable person. She was loyal."

A gang expert also testified Thursday that the brutality of the murders seemed gang related.

He went on to testify that the gang in question is known for leaving a spade behind at the crime scene. A small shovel was found near Peters' body.

Prosecutors pointed out inconsistencies from Santos over the years, as well as his diagnosis of being schizophrenic, and having multiple personalities.

The defense also brought up that other foreign DNA was found at the crime scene.

DNA experts testified it is possible that DNA belongs to a drug cartel member.

Closing statements are now expected to happen Tuesday.