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State Rest Case in Henry Segura Case

Segura Trial Day 8
Segura Trial Day 8
Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 13:58:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The high-profile trial of an accused quadruple murderer continues with the state resting its case after five days of testimony.

Prosecutors say Henry Segura is behind the murders of Brandi Peters and her three young children.

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall continues our coverage from court. 

Much of today's testimony dug into cell phone records trying to track down Henry Segura's whereabouts and his phone activity before and after the murders.

A TPD cell phone expert said Segura switched between two phones during that time blocking his number when he would call Brandi Peters.

He also deleted texts between him and others, including Brandi, his wife and another person when there's talk of getting rid of a car.

After the state rested its case, James Santos was in court for just a few minutes. The former gang member pleaded the fifth to any testimony he gives, including his admission two weeks ago to setting up the murders.

An expert on gangs said the nature of this crime leads him to believe this was the work of a drug cartel.

The defense brought several witnesses to paint Santos as a suspect, but the judge decided not to include his testimony at trial saying it's hearsay.

The judge also admitted the state should've been allowed to cross-examine Santos when he testified.

A series of emails between Santos and Brandi Peters was also tossed out by the judge.

We have yet to hear from anyone in Henry Segura's family. They've been listed as possible witnesses.

And we'll see whether or not DNA evidence from Angel Avila-Quinones will be brought up. His DNA was found at the crime scene, but it hasn't been allowed to show the jury.