Jury gives partial verdict in murder trial

Jurors found Frank Cooper guilty of aggravated burglary Friday night, but cleared him of another charge.

The jury will meet again Saturday morning to discuss whether Cooper is guilty of felony murder during burglary.

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Friday morning, the jury began deliberating the case. We will update this story when a verdict is reached.

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The trial has started for the man accused of killing a Knoxville woman almost six years ago.

Frank Cooper was charged in 2011 with aggravated burglary and felony murder in the death of Nola Atkins. The 72-year-old woman was found dead inside her home on Good Friday,

in March 2008.

Cooper's attorneys argued last summer that he had the mental competency of a 12-year-old, but a judge ruled that he can stand trial for the crime


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