Witness: Warning message sent to Tuscumbia teen the night of his murder

Witness: Warning message sent to Tuscumbia teen the night of his murder
2016 mug shot of Peter Capote

TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - Testimony in the capital murder trial of Pete Capote is providing more details on how and why 19-year-old Ki-Jana Freeman was killed.

The TimesDaily reported Thursday from the trial on witness testimony that revealed a last minute warning to Freeman. Dewayne Austin Hammonds said he messaged Freeman the night of the murder. 

De'Vonate Bates, a member of the Almighty Imperial Gang, described on Wednesday how he learned of the plans that led to Freeman's murder in 2016.

Bates, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, said that Thomas Hubbard believed Freeman stole an Xbox and other items from his home.

The Xbox belonged to Hammonds. Hammonds told Hubbard Freeman was selling the stolen Xbox, but Hammonds later said the Xbox did not belong to him.

Hammonds said Thursday that he messaged Freeman to warn him of the setup. Freeman never responded to Hammonds message.

Hubbard developed the plan along with Benjamin "B.K." Young, Peter "Goofy" Capote and Riley "Trey" Hamm III, according to Bates.

Bates said that Freeman was lured to an apartment complex with the promise of a drug deal. Freeman was killed after arriving at the complex.

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Capote, Hubbard, Young and Hamm were all charged with capital murder. Young was convicted in February and sentenced to death.

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