Desmonte Leonard's capital murder trial date set - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Desmonte Leonard's capital murder trial date set

Tuesday's court hearing. Tuesday's court hearing.
Tuesday's court hearing. Tuesday's court hearing.
Desmonte Leonard Desmonte Leonard
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

Seven months, that's all that separates Auburn mass shooting suspect, Desmonte Leonard, and his capital murder trial.

An emotionless Leonard appeared in court Tuesday in dress clothes and glasses, with only 4 family members present.  The smallest crowd for a hearing since his arrest.  As for Leonard's mental state following a 16 month stay in the Montgomery County Detention facility, his defense attorney, Jeff Duffy says, "[Leonard] He's ready for trial."

Duffy says an April 2014 trial date is reasonable, the defense will be ready.  "We are still in the investigative stages.  There are still some things we need to do.  We are still working on discovery.  It's just a matter of fine-tuning everything and getting it ready for trial."

As for the prosecution, one piece of evidence has yet to be submitted to state forensics.  Prosecutors will give the status of that evidence at the final pretrial hearing in late January.

Now the focus is on April, and the foregone conclusion the defense will make a compelling case for change of venue,  "Sometimes that doesn't happen until we bring a jury in to see." explains Duffy.

The death penalty remains on the table. Leonard has been indicted for the shooting deaths of Edward Christian, LaDarious Phillips and Demario Pitts.  John Robertson, Xavier Moss and Eric Mack were shot during the July 2012 incident.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:37 PM EST2018-02-25 21:37:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>
  • 5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:36 PM EST2018-02-25 21:36:17 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>
  • China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

    China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:05 AM EST2018-02-25 09:05:47 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:28 PM EST2018-02-25 21:28:02 GMT
    Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.

    More >>

    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly