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Augusta murder trial begins in 2008 triple homicide

Monday, March 10, 2014 7:22 PM
Last updated 11:27 PM
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As everyone in the household screamed and cried after Adrian Hargrove came home covered in blood and announced he had killed three people, Hargrove remained nonchalant, his mother-in-law testified Monday.

Adrian Hargrove was arrested after the burning body of Allyson Pederson, 18, was found near the Lock and Dam and the bodies of her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Andrew Hartley, were found in their Bennock Mill Road home.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Adrian Hargrove was arrested after the burning body of Allyson Pederson, 18, was found near the Lock and Dam and the bodies of her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Andrew Hartley, were found in their Bennock Mill Road home.

After a monthlong jury selection process, witnesses began testifying Monday in the death penalty trial.

Hargrove has pleaded not guilty, but in his opening statement Monday lead defense attorney Newell Hamilton told the jury there was no dispute Hargrove killed three people Feb. 9, 2008.

Hargrove was arrested after the burning body of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson was found near the Lock and Dam and the bodies of her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Andrew Hartley, were found in their Bennock Mill Road home.

Delores Mobley testified Monday she rushed to the Hargrove home after a frantic call from her grandson. When she got there, her grandson told her what Hargrove had said and showed her bloody clothes and blood-splattered shoes. She also saw a bloody butcher knife and gloves in the trash can.

Her daughter and grandchildren were extremely upset but Hargrove was calm, drinking a beer.

“He said he hadn’t done anything,” Mobley said. She called 911.

The physical evidence Hargrove left in his house ties him to the slayings, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms told the jury in his opening statement. DNA matched blood found on the items to Pederson and her stepfather. All three victims had been beaten and repeatedly stabbed, Syms said.

Pederson’s boyfriend, Devon Jackson, who lived a short distance from the Hartley home, testified Monday that Pederson called him about 8:30 a.m. and told him that she was going with Hargrove to help him tow a car. Jackson testified that he stepped outside and watched as the two drove off in Hargrove’s car.

Jackson was upset and called Pederson’s home, her siblings and Hargrove’s wife. Pederson was pregnant and a couple of friends had told him that Hargrove was the father.

In a second call to Hargrove’s wife, she got her husband on the phone but didn’t tell him that Jackson was also on the line. “(Hargrove said) he’d just killed three people,” Jackson testified.

Hargrove’s attorney asked the jury to keep an open mind about the case in which it will have to determine punishment – life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, or death – if Hargrove is convicted of murder.

Hamilton said the defense team will seek a verdict of guilty but mentally ill. They will present witnesses to tell the jury how growing up in an extremely violent home left Hargrove with post traumatic stress disorder and schizoaffective disorder.

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jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/11/14 - 12:22 pm
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Post traumatic stress disorder is the defense claim. This guy is a cold blooded murderer and if anyone ever deserved the needle it's this thug. If the judge and prosecutor don't go for the death penalty then it shouldn't be on the books for anyone.

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rmwhitley 03/11/14 - 05:24 pm
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hargrove should be released to the permanent custody of his lowyer. Wherever hamilton goes, hargrove goes. Wherever hamilton eats, hargrove eats. Wherever hamilton sleeps, hargrove sleeps. Until death do them part.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 06:17 am
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" They will present witnesses

" They will present witnesses to tell the jury how growing up in an extremely violent home left Hargrove with post traumatic stress disorder and schizoaffective disorder."

Ok, but now he has brutally murdered three people and proven himself to be a dangerous man!! If convicted, give him the needle!!

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/12/14 - 11:19 am
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Mental Illness is not an excuse for Murder

The person is a danger to society

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/12/14 - 07:20 pm
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Why has it taken 6 years to

Why has it taken 6 years to come to trial? If guilty, he should have been in the ground already.

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