Hembree jury to see where murders allegedly happened

Hembree jury to see where murders allegedly happened

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 2 at 6:22 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- The jury in the murder trial of Danny Hembree will be given a tour Thursday of the house where Hembree has confessed to killing two women.

On Wednesday Judge Beverly Beal toured the house first before deciding that the jury should see it.

Hembree was brought by sheriff's deputies to the house Oakstone Drive in Gaston County.

It was the first time Hembree had been back at the house where he lived with his mother since his arrest in 2009.

Hembree was kept in the back of a cruiser while the judge along with prosecutors and defense attorneys went inside.  Hembree has confessed to killing two women in the house in October of 2009.

He has since recanted the confession and now says 17-year-old Heather Catterton died of a drug overdose at the house.

About two weeks later, Hembree said he brought 30-year-old Randi Saldana to the house and accidentally killed her during a night of drugs and rough sex.

After finishing the tour of the house, Judge Beal said he would allow the jury to see it sometime on Thursday.

Reporters knocked at the door after the judge had left.

"We've been advised not to talk to the press,” Hembree’s sister said.

Lisa Davis is a neighbor who lives right across the street from the Hembree house.  She said no one had any idea of what kinds of things police now say happened there.  She does think about Hebree's mother, who still lives in the house where two women died.

"I just pray for that family and I hope everything goes alright," she said.

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