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Hearing set in Futch double murder case

Accused Futch couple killers face death penalty

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Hearing set in Futch double murder case

Jerry James Easters

    Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner issued a notice of hearing for 9 a.m. Friday regarding the murder of a couple more than two and a half years ago.
    Jack and Paula Futch were killed Nov. 21, 2005, in their Windmere Drive home off Ga. 46 near Kennedy Pond.
    Ogeechee Circuit Assistant District Attorney Scott Brannen confirmed Tuesday a hearing is set for Friday regarding the case, but said due to a gag order issued by Turner, he could not discuss additional details.
    Charged in the double murder are Jack Futch's daughter Alexandra Elizabeth Futch Coulter,23;  her husband Dustin James Coulter, 25; and Jerry James Easters, 23.
    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against all three defendants and the trial is tentatively set to begin Aug. 25. Judge Turner is slated to preside over the case.
    Jack Futch, who suffered from terminal cancer, and his wife were stabbed to death, investigators said.
     During a preliminary hearing in 2007, investigators described finding Paula Futch's body in an upstairs bedroom, Jack Futch's body in a downstairs bedroom, and Alexandria Coulter "tied up on the couch in the living room."
     Investigators told jurors they detected discrepancies in testimony after questioning Dustin Coulter and Easters, whom they said took a van from the Futch home and abandoned it off Interstate 16 and Nevils-Groveland Road.
    Further investigation led to all three suspects being taken into custody.  and charged in the deaths. Each face charges of two counts of murder and armed robbery. Easters is also charged with burglary.
    Alexandria Coulter is currently represented by public defender Charles Nester with the Glennville-based Conflict Public Defender's Office, while local attorney Matt Hube represents Dustin Coulter. Easter's representation is also through the Conflict Public Defender's Office, by conflict public defender Steve Yekel.
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