Double-murder suspect appears in circuit court

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Another pretrial conference was set for September for double-murder suspect Anthony Gaines, where it is likely a trial date will be set.

Gaines appeared in the Christian Circuit Courtroom of Judge Andrew Self Wednesday alongside defense attorney Brandi Jones, who informed the court she is working her way through a large amount of evidence in the case and thinks its still too early to set a trial date—Judge Self agreed and set a pretrial hearing for September 21.

Gaines requested a speedy trial, and the judge told him they would certainly work to make the process as quick as possible while remaining fair to all involved and other court dates.

Gaines is charged with two-counts of murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

He’s accused in the August, 2021 shooting deaths of his cousin, Kierra Wallace, and George Gomez at a home in Ashwood Village near Peach Street.