Trial begins for Bradenton man accused of killing wife, neighbor and pastor

Trial for Bradenton man that killed wife, neighbor, and pastor started today

BRADENTON, Fla. -- It’s a crime that shook a Manatee County community nearly three years ago.  Police say a man killed his wife and another woman, then went to the church where his wife worked and killed the pastor.

It happened in Bradenton back in December of 2015.   Investigators say Andres ‘Andy’ Avalos shot and killed his wife, Amber, and neighbor Denise Potter at the couple’s Bradenton home.  After that, they say he went to Bayshore Baptist Church and killed pastor James ‘Tripp’ Battle. 

Though a motive isn’t clear, prosecutors say Avalos admitted to the killings after he was arrested a couple days later.   A neighbor told 10News that Amber Avalos had complained about Andres Avalos’ drinking.  That neighbor also said the couple had separated and he was going to move out when he could raise enough money. 

The couple had six children together.

The trial gets underway on Monday.  10News will have a camera in the courtroom.  Watch for live streaming coverage on 10News, and our mobile news app.

Avalos is facing three counts of first-degree murder.  If convicted, prosecutors have said they’d seek death.

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