Suspects in drive-by killing of newborn twins' mom waive hearing

Lavonte Simmons (Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two men charged with first-degree murder in the apparent drive-by shooting of the mother of twin newborns have waived probable cause hearings.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the suspects allowed charges to be sent to a grand jury on Monday.

Knoxville police charged 22-year-old Lavonte Dominique Simmons, and 24-year-old Shawn David O'Neill in the fatal shooting earlier this month of 21-year-old Uniquea Brown.

Neither Public Defender Mark Stephens, who represents Simmons, nor attorney Bruce Poston were immediately available by telephone Monday after their clients' court hearing.

Police found the defendants hiding in a house, hours after Brown was shot June 7 in a front yard near the Knoxville College campus.

Both suspects are held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Lavonte Simmons (Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)
Shawn O'Neill (Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)

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