MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Capital murder suspect Carlos Kennedy appeared in Judge Joseph Johnston's courtroom for a motion hearing Tuesday, April 30.
Attorneys for the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the grand jury's capital murder indictment.
FOX10 News spoke with one of Kennedy's court appointed attorneys about the outcome.
Defense attorney Jason Darley said everyone involved in Kennedy's case is keeping a tight lid on what information is released to the public.
"Today was just a standard motion hearing, getting ready for trial coming up. Several of them were taken under submission," said Attorney Jason Darley.
Kennedy entered the courtroom and sat quietly with his attorneys. The lead detective took the stand and was interviewed by both sides of the case.
Kennedy was arrested and charged with the murder of 69-year-old Zoa White in September 2010.
"I am very happy we have come to some conclusion and closure, but it's not over yet. We still have a long way to go but it's nice to one more off the streets," said Laurie Miller, the daughter of White, in 2010.
In 2011, Kennedy was found mentally competent and given permission to represent himself.
"Judge was very thorough and explained some disadvantages, He is obviously mentally competent, says he's been to Ole Miss for two years. He made that decision, and he has the right to," said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Jo Beth Murphree in 2011.
Judge Johnston appointed an attorney for Kennedy following testimony from a state forensics expert.
If convicted, Kennedy faces up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Kennedy's trial begins Monday, May 6 with juror interviews and selection.
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