Cumberland County quadruple murder defendants in court

Cumberland County quadruple murder defendants in court

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Jacob Bennett appeared in court today, but no motions were heard on his case. Jacob Bennett appeared in court today, but no motions were heard on his case.
Jacob Bennett and his girlfriend Brittany Moser both face felony murder charges. Jacob Bennett and his girlfriend Brittany Moser both face felony murder charges.
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By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – The couple charged with murdering four young people in Cumberland County were in court Monday for a status hearing.

Jacob Bennett and his girlfriend Brittany Moser both face felony murder charges. They're accused in the deaths of Rikki Jacobsen, Domonic Davis, Steven Presley, and John Lajeunesse. The four were found shot to death inside a car near Crab Orchard in September.

Prosecutors believe Bennett pulled the trigger, while Moser took part in a plan to steal drugs from two of the victims.

A status hearing was held Monday in Cumberland County. Both Moser and Bennett were brought in wearing shackles.

Brittany Moser's attorney, Kevin Bryant, withdrew two motions filed last week to have all charges dismissed against his client and for a bond hearing. Bryant said the state had acted in "bad faith" regarding discovery requests. 

"They have received that discovery now and they are going to take a look at that before they move forward on the bond hearing, at some point in the future there will be a bond hearing and of course we're going to be opposed to that," explained Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie.

There were no motions to be heard in Bennett's case.

Despite little happening, the courtroom was filled with the families of the four victims. They have pledged to be there for every court appearance.

"It's important for me to be here because my son is six foot under and can't defend himself now and I'm the only one who can and I'm going to be here through it all," Angela Presely, the mother of Steven Presley, said fighting back tears.

Sherill Crombie, the mother of Rikki Jacobson and grandmother of Domonic Davis, said it's difficult to look at the defendants.

"It makes me angry. At least they're breathing, my daughter's not, my grandson's not," exclaimed Crombine.

McKenzie said it's important to remember this is a long process.

"Cases like these take time, obviously when you charged somebody with something as serious as this, you want to make sure everything is done in due process because if there is a conviction it's upheld," McKenzie said.

And the families say no matter how long the proceedings take, they plan to be there when justice is serve.

"I didn't realize it would take so long, if they're guilty, they're guilty. But I guess everyone deserves their day in court," said Crombie.

The District Attorney's office has yet to make a decision on whether they will seek enhanced punishments for Moser. They have already said they will seek the death penalty for Bennett.

The defendants will be back in court on January 17 and 24 for another motions hearing. No trial date has been set, but McKenzie says it will most likely be sometime next year.

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