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Mass murderer Jacob Shaffer appears in court

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Mass murderer Jacob Shaffer appeared in court in Madison County Friday morning.

His attorneys filed a motion to allow Shaffer to physically leave the jail and review the crime scene at Hall Marble Company. They say he should be able to go through and show them areas of the building.

The defense also wants Shaffer's charge of capital murder reduced to a lesser offense. Prosecutors argued his crime was too heinous to reduce the charge.

The judge hasn't decided on either of those motions yet. She also hasn't set a date for his trial.

Shaffer pleaded guilty to killing five people in Lincoln County, Tennessee in July of 2009.

Shaffer is also accused of killing Sidney Dempsey in Huntsville on the same day.

Madison county prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty.



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