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Retrial date for George Thomas has been set

4:55 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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A new trial date is set for a man once convicted in the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Wednesday, Judge Walter Kurtz and attorneys agreed to begin Thomas' new trial on May 13th.

Thomas' attorney says jury selection for the new trial will take place outside of Knox County, but the trial itself will be held here. 

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Details are being worked out for the retrial of George Thomas, who was previously convicted of 1st degree murder in the deaths of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Thomas was one of four defendants found guilty in connection with the murders.  He was granted a retrial because the previous judge, Richard Baumgartner, admitted to a prescription pill addiction during the trial.

Thomas' attorney, Tom Dillard, told 10News that hope to have a date for the retrial set by the end of February.  He says jury selection will take place outside of Knox County, but the trial will be held here.  Senior Judge Walter Kurtz, who will preside over the retrial, is based in Nashville, so he does not have a courtroom in Knox County, so they will have to find the space to hold the trial.


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