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Murder trial of Columbus mother and son begins

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

According to the prosecution, it all started with a traffic stop that led to an armed bank robbery, witness tampering, and ultimately murder.

After two days of waiting, opening statements began in the cold case murder trial of Columbus mother and son Daphne and Jamal Castille, and alleged accomplice Dantrell Marshall.
  
We learned Wednesday that Daphne Castille is the first cousin of 20-year-old David Coleman by marriage. Castille is believed to have hired someone to kill Coleman in 2008, after suspecting him of being a police informant. 

On July 12, 2008 Daphne Castille, 17-year-old Dantrell Marshall and Johnerson Adams- who is not on trial- drove to Texas from Columbus to buy drugs. 
     
Adams testified Daphne orchestrated the purchase and hired him to be the driver. In a strip club parking lot, Daphne paid $15,000 for powder Cocaine, according to Adams. 

On the way back to Columbus the trio was stopped by Texas state trooper Sgt. David Alvarado. 
 
Alvarado testified he noticed the car they were driving was following too close behind another car on Interstate 10 heading Eastbound. 

Upon searching the car, half a kilogram of Cocaine and .98 caliber pistol was found inside the car, according to authorities. 
 
Marshall's defense attorney, Tim Flournoy, worked to separate Marshall from the pack. He called Daphne a master manipulator who used Marshall for his youth and clean record. 
     
Flournoy referenced a recoding of the traffic stop where Daphne could be heard telling Marshall to, "take the charge". Adams could be heard proclaiming, "We finna go to jail."

The driver, Adams, testified Daphne wanted Marshall to claim the drugs because he was a juvenile with a clean record and would not serve as much time as the adults.  

After bonding out of jail on the drug charges, authorities say Daphne had to make up for the lost cash so she devised a plan to rob a bank. 

Nearly two months later two men charged into the CB&T bank on Forrest Road in Columbus demanding money. Authorities believe Daphne's son Jamal Castille, Marshall and a fourth suspect Terrell Mars-- whose accepted a plea deal and plans to testify against the trio-- committed the bank robbery. The heist lasted all of three minutes but the payout was big. According to the prosecution the trio got away with $207,000. 

Although the suspects got away with a large sum of money they left behind fear in those they tied up and threatened with guns. 

Employees took the stand one by one to recount the day many said they thought they were going to die. 

Tips eventually led authorities to Daphne's home on Lawyers Lane. They did not find any evidence linking Daphne to the bank robbery but left a copy of the search warrant. The prosecution claims Daphne decided Coleman was a police informant after reviewing the warrant. 

A witness reports hearing Daphne Castille say, "I'll toe tag that (expletive)"

September 22, 2008, Coleman is shot six times while inside his Lawyers Lane home, police report. 

Lead prosecutor, Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker said witnesses told police they saw two young black men running from Coleman's home. The suspects drove away in a champagne colored car that was parked under a street light, Whitaker claimed. 

The trial will possibly head into the weekend. Updates will be posted here on our website.

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