Inmate testifies against Justin Hurd Monday

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CHARLOTTE - An inmate who formed a friendship with a triple murder suspect while in jail testified against him Monday.

Jimmy Williams, a convicted felon, first talked about how he built a friendship with Justin Hurd. He told jurors that at first Hurd was quiet and the two played basketball and cards together.

Williams said Hurd started opening up about legal matters and his case.

Hurd is accused of killing Jasmine Hines, Kinshasa Wagstaff and Kevin Young, then setting their home on fire on Patricia Ryan Drive.

Williams testified that Hurd said it was a business matter, and there was no evidence that could link him to the crime.

“He said there was a bunch of he said she said, but ain’t no physical witness that can really point to me and say I was in North Carolina and the only one that can put me in North Carolina, he’s dead. He was taken care of a couple months later after the situation,” Williams testified.

During cross-examination, Hurd’s attorney brought up Williams long criminal history. He questioned why his client would come to Williams and ask for legal advice, even though Williams himself had had been in and out of jail for the past decade.