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Motion filed in Henry Segura trial

Henry Segura
Posted at 12:48 PM, Mar 11, 2014
and last updated 2017-03-22 09:14:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The attorney representing the man charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her three young kids, is now asking the court to test the DNA of a potential second suspect.

Chuck Hobbs represents Henry Segura. He is charged with four counts of First Degree Murder, and could face the death penalty, for the November 2010 deaths of Brandi Peters, her twin daughters Taniyah and Tamiyah, 6 at the time of their death, and her son, then 3-year-old JaVante Segura whom Brandi fathered with Henry Segura. The family's bodies were found November 20, 2010 inside of their home on Saddle Creek Run.

Segura is the prime suspect in the case, arrested nearly a year later in Minnesota. That's where investigators say they believe he fled to after committing the murders. In previous court documents, Segura has denied any involvement.

Our media partner The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting Hobbs has now filed a petition with the court, asking for DNA to be collected and analyzed from a known gang member currently serving a prison sentence in Illinois. The Democrat reports testimony given by a former Vice Lords gang member, James Carlos Santos, implicated Peters as being a member of the gang and had involvement in running drugs and guns from Texas, Florida, and Atlanta.

Santos suggests in his testimony that Peters owed the gang $80,000 and because of that, the Democrat reports, Smith mentioned to Santos that his and Peters' lives were in jeopardy.

It is now up to Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford to decide whether the DNA testing will be allowed.

As of now, Segura is scheduled to stand trial on March 31.