It's being called the biggest mass murder in Memphis history, a crime that has become known nationally as "722 Lester Street." That's the address of the home where in March 2008 six family members were stabbed, beaten and shot. Their bodies were arranged after the crime to make the scene look like a gang hit or a drug deal gone bad, prosecutors say.
Jessie Dotson, a 35-year-old ex-con, who is related the victims, is charged with the slayings. He's facing the death penalty. CNN affiliate WREG is live streaming the trial, now into its second week.
Memphis Police Sgt. Tony Mullins testified that the scene at the house was "horrific," more brutal than he'd witnessed in his long career. Two children, a 4 and 2-year-old, were found beaten with sticks and stabbed. Four adults were shot to death.
Three additional children - including a 4 month old – were attacked but survived.
One of the surviving children, a 9-year-old boy, was found with a knife sticking out of his head.
Police initially investigated the crime as a possible hit by a gang notorious in the area, the Gangster Disciples.
But the boy told investigators that "Uncle Junior" was the killer.
"Uncle Junior" was the boy's nickname for Dotson. Police confronted Dotson with the child's description, and he confessed, prosecutors say.
The boy is expected to testify, possibly this week, according to a spokeswoman for the prosecutor.
The case has attracted curious gawkers from across the country to Lester Street, some who have stood in the street to take photographs, according to a couple CNN interviewed who have moved into the home.