By David in TN
WATE, the Knoxville ABC affilliate, reports the retrial for Knoxville Horror defendant George Thomas could begin in May.
"Attorneys for both sides indicated to Judge Walter Kurtz that May 13 might be a possible trial date, with jury selection on May 9 and May 10."
There is a pre-trial hearing later this month at which the date would be finalized.
Kurtz granted a retrial for Thomas in the torture-murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. He said he couldn't see and hear the testimony at Thomas' first trial, which kept him from acting as "13th Juror."
The disgraced Judge Baumgartner never bothered with the 13th Juror rule in four verdicts and four sentencing hearings. Until Baumgartner was forced to resign, nobody seemed to care.
Judge Kurtz denied retrials for Lemaricus Davidson, the "alleged" ringleader, and his half-brother, Letalvis Cobbins. Davidson and Cobbins had DNA evidence against them, which weighed against a retrial.
Vanessa Coleman was convicted for a second time in November of facilitating Channon Christian's murder.