Judge denies delay in new trial hearing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The judge now overseeing the Knoxville murder case against Lemaricus Davidson has denied a request to delay a hearing on whether he should get a new trial.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, Senior Judge Walter Kurtz wrote in his denial that the Tennessee Supreme Court has spoken in appointing him to succeed Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood. Kurtz said he can't modify the chief justice's order.
Davidson is the only one of four people facing the death penalty in the kidnapping and torture killing of a young Knoxville couple in 2007.
Blackwood had ordered new trials after the initial judge admitted to narcotics abuse.
In a retrial last month, Vanessa Coleman of Lebanon, Ky., was convicted on a facilitation of murder in the death of Channon Christian.