The Terry Sellers trial got underway Wednesday afternoon. He's charged in a murder-robbery scheme that left two dead in February of 2005.
A fleet of potential jurors flooded out of a tightly-secured courtroom just before noon. Just outside, one man said he may very well be the second most nervous person in the courthouse
"My son's no killer,” says Terry Sellers, father of the defendant. “I know that they're going to get to the bottom of this now."
It's taken more than two years to get to this point. The father said he has talked to his son on the inside and says his son hasn't told him how he will defend himself against the murder charges.
"I haven't gone that far with him. He just told me that he didn't do it and I believe him."
Outside the courtroom, other family members said they’re anxious. "From what I've seen on TV, it's not a good feeling at all," said one who didn't want to give his name.
"Another parent will take up for their child and I expect that," says Denovous Brooks, brother of one of the victims. "But when you do wrong, you can't condone that. When you do wrong, you have to step up and take responsibility."
"I feel very bad for this, all of the families involved,” said father Terry Sellers. “Everybody's losing. Ain't nobody winning.”
The younger Sellers, Terrell Thorpe and Taiana Matheny are accused in connection with the murder-robbery scheme.
Sellers is charged with three murders and an attempted murder. Most of the charges stem from what authorities describe as victims being lured to secluded areas by the prospect of having sex with Matheny, then being robbed and murdered by Sellers and Thorpe.
Kevin Pierce and Victor Ford were both shot in the head within a 24 hour period; their bodies found just blocks apart in February 2005. A man who was allegedly targeted as the third victim escaped alive and notified authorities.
"This was very heartless and inhumane and it's premeditated,” said Victoria Robinson, Ford’s cousin on Monday.
“Each and every one of 'em is going to be held accountable for what they did. I'm just glad justice is being served."
Judge Peter Bataillon ordered increased security for this case, beginning with the jury selection. Now that the jury has been seated, opening arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning.
The prosecution's case is aided by Matheny's cooperation.
Thorpe is still awaiting trial. Seller's is also charged with the murder of Vincent Vaughn, who was killed in his mother's basement in November of 2003.