Jurors hear taped confession in Hembree murder trial

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - Jurors in the murder trial of an accused serial killer heard him confess to the crime in a second taped interview with police.

Danny Hembree tells Gaston County investigators he killed Randi Saldana at his mother's house in 2009.

Hembree appears to be calm and even apologizes for the murders, but says he's telling investigators to "get it off of his chest".

Last Thursday, Saldana's sister took the stand.

Shellie Nations wept as prosecutors asked her to identify a gold butterfly necklace and pair of boots that belonged to Saldana.

"She had those on the last time I saw her, " said Nations.

Prosecutors say the boots were found in Hembree's basement closet.

During cross examination, Hembree's attorney Rick Beam repeatedly questioned Nations about her sister's drug use.

Prosecutors later showed the jury a taped confession Hembree gave to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police three weeks after Saldana's death.

During the interview, Hembree details how he used crack to lure 30-year-old Saldana to his mother's house in November 2009.

Hembree says he chocked her with his bare hands and then punched her in the face.

"It just seemed like she wouldn't die. She wouldn't stop bleeding," said Hembree.

The accused serial killer tells investigators the murder happened while his mother was awake in another room.

"Momma was in the kitchen reading and we were back in my den, and I killed her on my couch," said Hembree.

Prosecutors also showed a lamp, which Hembree says he used a cord from to tie Saldana's legs.

Hembree also admitted to setting her body on fire and dumping it in South Carolina.

Hembree was sentenced to death last November for the murder of 17-year-old Heather Catterton.

He does not face the death penalty in Saldana's case.