Attorney General Seeks To Block Torture-Slaying Retrials
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Attorney General is asking the state Supreme Court to block retrials of three defendants in the torture killing of a young Knoxville couple.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Attorney General Robert Cooper is challenging a ruling by a special judge who ruled the cases must be retried because former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was abusing prescription painkillers during the trials.
The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals declined 2-1 to allow an appeal of the special judge's ruling.
The convictions came after the 2007 kidnapping and killing of 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.
Jury selection for the retrial of Lemaricus Davidson is scheduled to begin next month.
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