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Carver Village triple murder trial underway

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James Hampton and Dwayne Abney are on trial this week in connection with the October 2015 Carver Village triple murder. (SCMPD photos. WPDE background)

The trial for two people charged in connection with the October 2015 Carver Village triple murder began on Monday.

According to a press release from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police from Oct. 22, 2015, officers responded to the 800 block of Lynah Street just after 8 a.m. for a wellness check after a tip that the front door was open.

The press release said officers found three victims with gunshot wounds inside. Investigators confirmed 19-year-old Alexis Kitchens, 21-year-old Kiana Marshall, and 18-year-old Isaiah Martin were the three victims.

According to a SCMPD press release from Dec. 23, 2015, arrest warrants were served to 22-year-old James Angelo Hampton and 18-year-old Dwayne Leonard Abney in the Chatham County Detention Center in connection with the shootings. The two were serving time for unrelated charges.

On Dec. 24, 2015, police arrested 18-year-old Diamond Butler in Ann Arbor, Michigan in connection with the shootings, according to a separate press release.

The press release said investigators believed the shootings stemmed from an ongoing tenant dispute between Marshall and Butler.

The state said Butler accepted a plea deal prior to the trial starting. Abney and Hampton are facing a range of charges including conspiracy to commit a crime, felony and malice murder, burglary in the first degree, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

The trial is expected to last through the week.