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December 2, 2015 -- The trial for the black male accused of murdering Gary Gettys Wells, 78, and his wife Helen Teague Wells, 77, began this week.

The elderly couple were brutally murdered at the home on Oct. 2, 2012.

Authorities say Jonathan Rhodes murdered the Wells during a home invasion. Rhodes was a friend of the couple's housekeeper who was accused of using the Wells' credit card without permission.

The crime occurred in Greenville, SC, located about 200 miles northeast of Charleston where five black churchgoers were gunned down earlier this year. The white-on-black mass murder received extensive media coverage.

The media informed us that the man accused of killing five blacks in Charleston had interests in white nationalist organizations. The media failed to inquire as to Rhodes interests in supporting Black Lives Matter, The New Black Panther Party, The Nation of Islam, or other black hate groups.

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Jonathan Rhodes' double murder trial started Tuesday morning.

Rhodes is charged with murder, kidnapping and burglary in the October 2012 deaths of Helen and Gary Wells.

The Wellses were found dead inside their Terramont Drive home on Oct. 3, 2012.

During opening statements, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins told the jury that Rhodes had help carrying out the crime from the Wellses' housekeeper, Shirley Rogers.

The defense attorney told jurors that Rhodes is innocent and asked them to separate the emotions of the case from the facts.

The first witness to testify was the son-in-law of the Wellses' next-door neighbor, who was tending to his father-in-law's yard. The neighbor testified that Rogers asked him for help after seeing Gary Wells lying on the floor.  The neighbor entered the home through the unlocked front door and called 911 after finding Gary Wells lying in a pool of blood in an office-type room and Helen Wells in a bedroom.

A former Department of Public Safety forensics investigator said Gary Wells had deep gashes on his legs and cuts to his abdomen, hands and head. The forensics officer said he also found a blood-covered knife nearby.

The same officer said he found Helen Wells in another room. She had multiple wounds to her shoulders and an apparent gunshot wound on her right bicep, the officer testified.

The investigator said he found shell casings, an unfired bullet and a second knife in the vicinity of the bodies.

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