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Two murder suspects arraigned in Paoli triple shooting

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PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two of three murder suspects faced a judge for the first time in Paoli, Indiana on Monday. They are accused in a deadly triple shooting.

John Carpenter and James Davidson both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

After their arraignment, tensions got heated between family members outside the courtroom.

"You watch and see," said one relative of a victim. "That might be your (expletive) mom, and that was my dad, and you're just as bad as that (expletive)."

Carpenter and Davidson officially charged on Monday with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The third man charged in the shootings, Elbert Brooks, plead not guilty on Friday.

All three are accused in the murders of Nicholas Fields and Corey Harris who were found shot on June 23rd, in Paoli.

The surviving victim, Daniel Smitson, is still recovering after being shot in the mouth.

"I'm glad that they are caught and not on the loose anymore,” said Smitson’s sister Chantel. “I hope justice is done.”

She says her brother’s mouth is wired shut and he still has a long road to recovery.

"Not just being shot but, seeing what he had to see, before he got shot," she said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the men were looking for drugs and money.

Smitson told state police that Carpenter and two others came into the mobile home and ordered the victims on the ground. They stole guns, then shot Fields and Smitson in the head.

"He's my only full brother and then that happened to him, it was a nightmare," said Chantel.

Smitson also told police he saw the men leave in a red and silver Dodge truck. The same vehicle that was registered to John Carpenter and later found abandoned near a barn.

"He wanted justice done,” said Smitson referring to her brother. “I mean he (Carpenter) killed one of his best friends, and a guy he calls his grandpa and then almost killed him."

The affidavit also says a day before the shooting, Fields was concerned that Carpenter would hurt him.  Relatives now want justice.

"I really wish they'd put them on death row,” said Smitson. “I mean they took two innocent lives and I think they deserve the same treatment."

Indiana State Police also confirms that someone broke into the Fields’ family home the day of his funeral, but they don't think it was related to the shooting.

Carpenter, Davidson and Brooks are all expected to go on trial in October.

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