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Murder trial gets underway

Opening statements are expected Thursday morning in the trial of 25-year-old Hobert Alan (Albert) Pittman for the murder of his father and step-grandmother.
The jury was selected Monday and Tuesday. Today, Harrison Superior Court Judge Roger D. Davis is expected to hear motions from lawyers for the defense and the prosecution. The trial is scheduled to continue tomorrow, beginning with opening statements from lawyers on both sides of the aisle.
Security is expected to be extremely tight in the courtroom. Guards will be armed with Taser guns.
Pittman is charged with the 2004 murders of his father, Hobert Pittman, 59, and his disabled mother-in-law, Myrtle Satterfield, 80. Both were allegedly shot by Albert Pittman at his father and step-mother’s secluded home in Mauckport. Albert Pittman is also accused of trying to kill his stepmother, Linda Pittman. Albert Pittman is represented by Amie Newlon of Corydon and Shane Gibson of New Albany.
Prosecutor Dennis Byrd, assisted by Chief Dep. Prosecutor John Colin, expect to also try co-defendant John Michael Naylor, 22, for the murders and attempted murder this fall. Both defendants also face burglary, theft and auto-theft charges. The prosecution is seeking life without the possibility of parole for both defendants.