Murder trial begins for Kirby

by | April 11, 2017 7:35 pm

The man accused of slaying Emily Pestana-Mason is now on trial in Toombs County.

Fifteen years later, Phillip Scott Kirby Sr. faces the charges of malice murder and felony murder after Pestana-Mason was found dead in her home on April 29, 2002.

The State, represented by District Attorney Hayward Altman and Chief Assistant District Attorney John A. “Tripp” Fitzner III, presented some 16 witnesses today. Kirby is being represented by Matthew K. Hube of Statesboro. The Honorable Judge Kathy S. Palmer is presiding.

For those who have followed the case and would like to attend, the Toombs County Courthouse is located at 100 Courthouse Sq., Lyons. Testimonies will continue tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. The case was granted a change of venue last week due to difficulties selecting a jury.

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