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911 audio recording in trial means life or death

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Early morning January 19, 2012, Ricky and Patricia Fisher, and their daughter, Pashea, were murdered in their own home. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file) Early morning January 19, 2012, Ricky and Patricia Fisher, and their daughter, Pashea, were murdered in their own home. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file)
Clayton, Pashea's boyfriend and father of her 5-year-old, faces the death penalty. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Clayton, Pashea's boyfriend and father of her 5-year-old, faces the death penalty. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Powerful opening statements were made in a Mid-South triple-murder trial Tuesday; prosecutors argue that Sedrick Clayton killed his girlfriend and her parents in 2012.

The 911 audio is distressing and not appropriate for young children, but it is a key piece of evidence that means life or death.

For Katie Montgomery, 29 years a dispatcher, the call is unforgettable.

Early morning January 19, 2012, Ricky and Patricia Fisher, and their daughter, Pashea, were murdered in their own home. In an open-line 911 call, Pashea can be heard pleading with the killer.

Pashea: "Don't kill my momma and my daddy, Sedrick! Don't kill my momma and my daddy ... What are you doing?"

Clayton: "I killed them."

Clayton, Pashea's boyfriend and father of her 5-year-old, faces the death penalty.

The child can be heard crying in the background less than one minute before two gunshots.

Montgomery says after the two shots were fired, she could not hear the female voice begging any longer.

"He murdered them in cold blood," said prosecutor Karen Cook.

Defense attorneys say the shootings were not premeditated, and may've been justified by a preceding argument.

"Sedrick Clayton fired the weapon that killed these people. That's not in dispute," said defense attorney Gerald Skahan. "What is in dispute is whether or not a crime was committed, and if so what crime was committed."

The couple's young daughter will be called to the stand to testify. The trial continues Tuesday.

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