Richmond man appears in court after alleged feud over feces

Posted at 1:26 PM, Apr 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-20 13:47:33-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –The man accused of killing two brothers during an argument over animal waste, made his first appearance in court Friday morning by way of video conferencing from jail.

Judge Gregory Rupe assigned Randy Trent, 20, a public defender and denied bond.  So far the alleged gunman is only facing a single charge of conspiracy to kill and murder in the second degree.

CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone says it's almost certain more charges will be filed.

"This (arrest warrant) is just a document that allows them to pick him up and hold him and it's not really the ultimate charges, I'm sure," Stone said.  "I can pretty much guarantee you he will be facing other charges down the road and we just don't know what they are until this investigation proceeds."

Trent was arrested Thursday in connection with the double homicide of brothers Ahkeem Phillips, 28, and Ahmad Phillips, 24.

The victims were reportedly shot in the head at close range.  A police source said the shooting was centered around a feud over dog feces.

"Sometimes arguments over something as simple as dog poop you can settle with your fists or you can settle it by fighting or arguing," Stone said.  "But when somebody has a gun often it just gets out of control, and you find yourself locked up and may be losing the rest of your life over an anger issue."

Randy Trent is set to appear in court next on May 31, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.


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