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Request for new trial delayed for 3 convicted in Zaevion Dobson murder

Dobson, a 15-year-old Fulton High School student, died while shielding friends from gang-related gunfire.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three men convicted in the killing of a Knoxville teenager who died shielding his friends from gunfire will get a chance next month to argue their case for a new trial.

Nearly two years ago, a jury convicted Christopher Bassett of first-degree murder in the December 2015 death of Zaevion Dobson. Kipling Colbert and Richard Williams were found guilty of facilitation of first-degree murder.

They face sentences that range from life to more than 100 years.

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Dobson, a 15-year-old Fulton High School student, died in December 2015 when gang-related gunfire broke out in the Lonsdale neighborhood. Police called Dobson an innocent bystander who died a hero.

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A Knox County judge was supposed to hear the case against the three men convicted in his death on Thursday, but the defense wasn’t ready.

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Bassett and Williams were in court today. Colbert was not.

The new hearing is December 6th.

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