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Appellate court won't hear Knoxville appeals

Jamie Satterfield • Apr 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

KNOXVILLE—In a split decision, a state appellate court has shot down prosecutors' bid to block retrials ordered up in the January 2007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple.

A three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals voted 2-1 to deny the state Attorney General's Office's application for extraordinary appeal of Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's decision to grant new trials in the slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.

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