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A year after quadruple murder, Nicholas County suspected killer back in court

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A year after two children, their father and a woman were shot and killed in rural Nicholas County, the man believed responsible was back in court ahead of his trial. 

James Belknap appeared in court for one of the final hearings ahead of his quadruple murder trial. 

The original search warrant for the Belknap property was unsealed by Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson. 

DNA evidence in the case expected to be presented at the hearing was still being processed. According to Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam, the evidence was "lost in the mail" but has since been found and processing is underway at the State Police lab. 

Police found the bodies of Amanda Martin, Stephen Hendrix and his two young children not a mile from the Belknap property. Inside the minivan, there were four distinct pools of blood, including inside a car seat. 

The believe Belknap killed Hendrix when he came to his Leivasy property to get money for a drug debt. State Police investigators testified they believe Belknap killed the children and Martin because he did not want to leave witnesses alive. In 2005, testimony of a lone survivor was used to link Belknap and his father to a murder on their property.

Prosecutors have been working toward a plea deal with Belknap, but so far, he has been unwilling to admit guilt for killing the children. 

The trial is scheduled to begin August 13th. 

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