Trial Begins For 2016 Labor Day Double Homicide

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jury was selected Tuesday for the trial of Stephen Mobley, 34, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder during a shooting on Labor Day in 2016.

Judge Barry Steelman said the State is not seeking the death penalty in this case.

Before Mobley turned himself in to the police in shortly after the incident, he was added to TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. The two victims found dead on the scene at Pinewood Avenue were Jasmine Hines, 22, and Rashaud Taylor, 23.

A third victim was shot multiple times but survived. After Mobley’s arrest, she received death threats, and the District Attorney’s Office said witnesses in the case were concerned for their lives.

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, Executive Assistant District Attorney Cameron Williams, and District Attorney Kevin Brown will represent the State. Defense for Mobley includes attorneys Mike Little, Steven Brown, and Eliza Williams.

The 14 jurors selected will be sequestered for the duration of the trial and will stay in a hotel. All contact with the outside world, including through television and radio, will be severely restricted. Judge Steelman told the jury to pack with plans to be sequestered through Saturday.

“I can’t thank you enough for all of you showing the kind of attitude that you’ve shown,” he said. “All of you said you understand this is part of your civic duty. ... I anticipate this is going to be a good few days.”

Opening statements will begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.


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