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Jeffrey Peacock due in court on Thursday

Jeffrey Peacock due in court on Thursday
Posted at 3:10 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 15:10:00-04

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Accused mass killer Jeffrey Peacock is due in court Thursday morning.

The hearing would mark the first time the man suspected of killing five of his friends has been in a courtroom in over a year.

Attorneys defending Jeffrey Peacock and prosecutors are set to argue about 80 defense motions in the case. 

Some of those include a change of venue request and blocking the media and public from all court proceedings and instruct victims' friends and family members to not sit directly before the jury and to refrain from showing any emotion in court.

Other requests deal with evidence and alleging an improper search of Peacock's truck at the scene of the fire.

But the case has been delayed because one of Peacock's original attorneys left his defense team.

All clients in capital murder cases in Georgia must have more than one attorney present at court proceedings.

Peacock is accused of fatally shooting his five friends in May 2016 at a home on Rossman Dairy Road before setting it on fire. 

The Colquitt County E-911 Center said Peacock made one of the first calls reporting the blaze. 

Peacock pleaded not guilty during the 2017 court appearance.

The state is seeking the death penalty against Peacock.

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