Woman accused of triple murder over hair weaves appears in court

Published: Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:47 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2017 at 3:59 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman accused of killing three people over hair weaves appeared in court Friday.

Shelby Isaac, 19, is accused of killing a couple and their unborn child at Sycamore Lake Apartments in January 2016.

Investigators said EJ Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child were killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Police said Isaac committed the murders as she was robbing them of hair extensions.

Tate owned a business that sold hair extensions and wigs.

A judge originally dismissed the charges against Isaac, but the next day, a jury indicted her.

Isaac faces three counts of first degree murder, charges her defense attorney says she plans to take to trial.

We spoke to Tate's family about his murder last March.

"You done wrong," said uncle Lee Tate. "You devastated our family. You took away a father. You took away a son."

Victoria Seay is also charged in the case and is believed to be the getaway driver after the shooting.

Isaac's family has hired prominent defense attorney William Massey and his daughter Lauren Fuchs.

"She is very young and this is a very serious situation for her and very hard on her family," Fuchs said.

At the time of crime, Fuchs says Isaac was a senior at Cordova High with good grades and says her client maintains her innocence.

"We had waited on some expert reports to come back from the state," Fuchs said.

The defense team plans to challenge DNA evidence and eyewitness accounts to the murder and requested a November trial date.

"She understands that this is not always a short road and she's just ready for trial to get here," Fuchs said.

Fuchs said the judge set the trial date for November 13. Isaac is expected back in court June 1 for a motions hearing.

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