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Private Attorney Weighed In Death Penalty Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge is weighing a request to allow a private attorney to handle the death penalty case against Lorenzo Jenkins.

The request from the public defender's office comes as the state is pushing to begin executing condemned inmates again.

Assistant Public Defender Mike Engle told Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt Jr. last week that the Nashville public defender's office lacks the resources to take on another death penalty case, which on average takes 2,000 hours of preparation.

Elected Public Defender Dawn Deaner said that her office is underfunded and understaffed and is already involved in two death penalty cases.

Jenkins is charged with murder in the 2012 stabbing deaths of Patrick Sullivan; his wife, Deborah Sullivan; and their daughter, Wendy Sullivan.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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