PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Difficult details, including the gruesome, fatal injuries sustained by the victims in the Prattville triple murder case were revealed in a preliminary hearing in Autauga County Monday morning.
Defendants Marty Morgan and Keon Cain both appeared before Judge Joy Booth independently for three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and seven counts of robbery stemming from a shooting on July 3.
Prosecutor Dan Cowell put Prattville Police Investigator Jeremy Thompson on the stand, who explained four eye witnesses gave statements to PPD about what they observed the night Morgan and Cain reportedly walked in a Prattville barber shop to carry out an armed robbery. Morgan reportedly brandished a small black handgun, Cain a shotgun. Neither weapon has been recovered.
Thompson testified deceased victim Eddie Scott opened the door for Marty Morgan at 10:40 p.m. on July 3, and a man, who they believe is Keon Cain, walked in behind Morgan wearing a black jumpsuit and a white cloth mask.
Morgan stated, "Do you know what time it is", followed by Cain who reportedly said, "Give it up".
Thompson stated the motive for the shooting was robbery, explaining a game of dominoes was underway, and between $2,000 and $3,000 dollars were recovered later by investigators.
The families of the victims grew emotional during the testimony, some left the courtroom in tears as Thompson explained the extent of the victim's injuries:
Eddie Scott was shot in the head by a handgun but died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Anthony Smith was shot in the left side of his chest, a bullet punctured his lung and heart.
Smith was seen in surveillance video from a nearby gas station holding his left side and attempting to get away. He fell twice, after the second fall, police believe Cain is depicted in the video putting a shotgun to the back of Smith's head and pulling the trigger.
The third victim, Al Benson reportedly died of shrapnel from spent bullets. A fourth victim survived multiple gunshots and is also one of the four eye witnesses accounts of what transpired that night.
Thompson told the judge Cain borrowed a car and was seen with Morgan 20 minutes before and after the shooting. The owner of the car works at Mobis, and it's believed Cain wore the owner's black jumpsuit he used for work to the shooting. The jumpsuit has not been recovered.
Attorneys for the defendants argued for bond to be set, as both were being held on no bond. Judge Booth agreed to consider a bond and would issue an order.
It's strongly anticipated the state will work to upgrade the murder charges to capital murder during the grand jury process.