DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - The three suspects in the August, 2011 robbery and double murder at a Decatur fast food restaurant were in court Thursday afternoon. Jordaan Creque, Ezekiel Gholston and Cassandra Eldred are each charged with capital murder.
Thursday afternoon, Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Thompson held a hearing to entertain a combined total of 27 motions filed by the three teams of defense attorneys representing the trio. Most notable of the motions, Judge Thompson granted a request to have the defendants tried separately. But Thompson rejected several motions to dismiss the indictment against the three. He did, however, take under advisement a motion to improve the language of the indictment and held motions that challenge the racial make-up of the grand jury.
Following the hearing, Charlie Gholston, father of defendant Ezekiel Gholston, said he hoped to one day be able to meet with the families of the murder victims to offer his condolences for their loss. He says the families of everyone involved are suffering, none more so than the relatives of those killed in the robbery.
Creque, Gholston and Eldred are accused of robbing the Krystal Restaurant on 6th Avenue in Decatur during the early morning hours of August 24, 2011. Creque and Gholston were employed at the restaurant. Police say night manager Jeffrey Mark Graff, 50, of Huntsville, and employee Jessie Jose Aguilar, 23, of Decatur, were shot to death during the robbery.