Judge rejects plea from man charged in wife’s death

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A judge has rejected a plea from a man charged with administering a drug overdose that killed his wife. John Christie entered a plea of guilty on a count of reckless homicide Monday afternoon in Judge Don Allen’s courtroom. The judge denied Christie’s plea. He is charged with second-degree murder. “I don’t feel it’s in the interest of justice to accept the state’s recommendation,” Allen said. Had the judge accepted the plea, Christie would have been sentenced to 10 years but would only serve 18 months in jail, with the rest to be served on probation. Brittany Christie was found dead inside a Jackson motel in December of 2013. Her husband, John, was eventually charged with her murder. Christie will appear again at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8. If the judge does not accept Christie’s plea agreement at that hearing, the case will go to trial.

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