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Lawyers For Slaying Suspect Seek Delay Of Hearing

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new court motion seeks to delay a hearing for a man who prosecutors said led the torture killing of a young Knoxville couple nearly six years ago.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported attorneys for Lemaricus Davidson have moved to stay any retrial hearing by Senior Judge Walter Kurtz, who was recently handed the case.

Davidson was charged with killing 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsome in January 2007.

A jury at Davidson's first trial sentenced him to die by lethal injection. The convictions of Davidson and three co-defendants were overturned by a former senior judge after the judge at the initial trials acknowledged abusing narcotics.

The defense wants the Tennessee Supreme Court to review the ruling that removed the judge who ordered retrials.

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