Testimony continues in double murder case

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Procedural discrepancies dominated early Tuesday testimony in the capital murder trial of Brandon Ryles.

Ryles is one of four men charged in the April 2011 shooting deaths of Carla Smilie and Mark Adams.

The two were found dead in Adams’ Needmore residence. Marquise McClaney and Troy McClaney have both pleaded guilty to two counts of felony murder and agreed to testify for the state. Ryles and John Foster both face three counts each of capital murder in connection with the crime.

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Foster had previously pleaded guilty and had agreed to testify in remaining cases, but it was revoked in August when he refused to testify in court.

On Tuesday, defense attorney Gary Bradshaw, attempted to provide evidence there were discrepancies in procedure following the discovery of Smilie and Adams’ bodies at his Needmore residence.

Bradshaw questioned Mike Benak,with the Alabama Department of Forensic Science, and Bruce Matthews, the chief investigator for the District Attorney asking, why there could have been discrepancies in the crime scene log.

“I would have been present, but I don’t remember them saying who was going in and out,” Benak said in response to the crime scene log.

The trial continues today.