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Man accused of killing 5 people in Woodbridge neighborhood appears in court

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

On Thursday, the man accused of killing five people in a south Kansas City neighborhood appeared before a judge in court on two motions - discovery and preserving evidence.

During his preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Brandon Howell, 34, sat impassively as the defense and prosecution went back and forth. Howell is accused of killing Lorene Hurst, 88, her son, Darrel Hurst, 63 and Susan Choucroun, 69 in an attack on Sept. 2.

Howell is also accused of beating their neighbors, Ann Taylor, 86 and George Taylor, 80, who later died in the hospital.

The defense filed a motion asking the court to order law enforcement and lab personnel to preserve evidence related to the case, things like handwritten notes and items like clothing they may want to have tested on their own. The defense also asked for the preservation of dashcam video and any surveillance tapes.

The prosecution countered by saying there is no rule that handwritten notes be turned over since everything is entered into police reports. They also said there is already a rule on the books about preserving evidence and an additional court ruling isn't necessary.

The judge said she will take everything discussed Thursday about preservation under advisement and rule at a later date.

As for discovery, the judge ruled that prosecutors must turn over everything they have on the case to the defense within 30 days.

The case will be submitted to a grand jury. If Howell is indicted, his arraignment is set for Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

The brutal attacks happened in a quiet neighborhood for retirees during a robbery.

The neighbors of the victims held a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about a permanent memorial for them. There is currently a temporary memorial in the Woodbridge neighborhood filled with flower displays and a banner displaying a broken heart.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Police Chief Daryl Forte and a representative from the office of Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker were expected to be in attendance.

The home association also held an interfaith service.

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