Suspects in Chili Avenue triple homicide arraigned

Updated: 05/29/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 4:49 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The men accused of brutally killing another man and two cousins, who were also the mothers of small children, were in court Thursday.

Police believe Marlando Allen, Steve Fulcott and Andre McFarlane walked into an apartment on Chili Avenue and shot Jacqueline Simmons, Jermeliah Simmons, and Michael Nelson.

In court Thursday, News10NBC learned that Judge Piampiano is planning to have a trial for all three men at the same time in early December. 

According to court paperwork, this was a brutal crime. Two cousins and their friend were shot and killed inside an apartment on Chili Avenue. Police say they were all shot at multiple times. Marlando Allen, Steve Fulcott and Andre McFarlane are charged with murder. They entered a plea of not guilty.

Sources close to the investigation say the motive for the murders was a marijuana drug ring, but a defense attorney for one of defendants says there are a lot of things to figure out before we know exactly what happened.

The three men have different bails. Allen was set at no bail. Fulcott was set at $1 million and McFarlane’s bail was set at $3 million. All will be back in court for July 24 and their trial has been set for December 8.

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