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Huntsville church murder case moved to grand jury

Richard Burgin, accused of stabbing two men at a Huntsville church. (Source: WAFF) Richard Burgin, accused of stabbing two men at a Huntsville church. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The man charged with capital murder for allegedly killing two brothers in a Huntsville church last year appeared in court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing. Richard Burgin is accused of stabbing Louis and Terry Bradford at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church.

After hearing evidence presented by the prosecution, a Madison County judge agreed there was enough probable cause to move the case forward to the grand jury.

Investigator Charlie Gray with the Huntsville Police Department took the stand and testified about witness accounts on the day of the murder and evidence collected.

Gray said when first responders arrived on the scene of the murder on May 21, 2013, both men were on the floor in pools of blood. One brother was still conscious but died while being transported to the hospital. The other brother was already dead when emergency responders arrived.

Crime scene investigators found blood splatters near the bodies and diluted blood near the kitchen sink. Bloody footprints were also discovered, but were all attributed to either the victims or emergency responders.

Gray testified that a K9 unit led them to a butchers knife, a bloodstained dish cloth, a wadded-up church bulletin and a red Solo cup in the bushes near the church. Gray said Burgin's DNA was found on the solo cup but nothing else to his knowledge.

Gray said witnesses stated they saw a man enter and leave from the church with something bundled up in one hand and the red solo cup in the other.

"It will be presented to the grand jury relatively soon for them to consider whether or not to issue and indictment," said prosecutor Randy Dill. "If an indictment is issued, it will be transferred to the circuit court for trial."

Burgin did not answer any questions as he walked in and out of the courtroom Thursday. His attorney said now they know what evidence the prosecution has, they will begin to build their defense.

"This is the beginning of the case," said defense attorney Chad Morgan. "This is where everything starts. The evidence wasn't presented, but it was spoken about what the state has. Of course, that is their burden of proof when we get to the end of this."

Burgin will remain in the Madison County Jail. The prosecution did not say whether or not they will seek the death penalty.

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