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Quadruple Murder Hearing Delayed; Family Speaks Out
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: Brad Rice
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Jun. 4, 2012 9:31 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 5:42 PM EDT
Summersville , Nicholas County , West Virginia
Family members showed up in force to the Nicholas County Courthouse Monday morning, anxious to face their loved ones alleged killer face to face.
"I was going to be here even if I had to walk," Bruce Martin says. His daughter Amber Martin was one of four people found murdered last week.
But the families didn't get the chance to see James Belknap, the man charged in Amber's death and four others. Police quickly took him back to jail after his attorney asked for more time and his preliminary hearing was rescheduled.
Belknap is accused of brutally killing Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber and Hendrix's two young children 6-year-old Dakota and 4-year-old Kaylee. Police say Hendrix was trying to collect a drug debt from Belknap, but instead of paying police say Belknap killed all four, stripped them naked and then threw their bodies over a hill behind his house near Levaisy.
Bruce Martin says he knew something was wrong when the four didn't return to Greenbrier County after saying they were going to camp for the weekend at Summersville Lake. A week after the family was reported missing, police made the gruesome discovery. Since then, the family members say it's been hard to come to terms with what's happened.
"It's just like a living hell, a nightmare, can't sleep can't eat," Bruce Martin says.
But this dad says he does know one thing, when the case does move forward, he wants stiff justice. "He killed four innocent people and I'd like to see him get the same." West Virginia does not have the death penalty.
Amber martin leaves behind two young children of her own.
The man who police say was caught driving Belknap after the murders was also supposed to be in court Monday, but Mark Haynes' preliminary hearing was also pushed back. His family members were at the courthouse, they say Belknap demanded a ride and that Haynes was scared and complied. Police say he ignored their commands after he was stopped, he's charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction.
James Belknap will appear in court for his preliminary hearing for the murder of four people, including two children.
Police say Belknap killed Stephen Hendrix, Amber Martin, six year old Dakota Hendrix and four year old Kaylee Hendrix.
They say Hendrix went to Belknap's home to collect a drug debt. That's when they were all brutally killed.
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