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Murder defendant's attorney accuses state of withholding evidence

January 26th, 2012 9:29 am by Kacie Breeding

Murder defendant's attorney accuses state of withholding evidence

BLOUNTVILLE — Two more recorded interviews discovered amid Leslie Ware Jr.’s double-murder trial in a Sullivan County court have prompted his appointed counsel to accuse the state of “intentionally withholding” evidence and trying to “goad” them into seeking a mistrial. The state has filed a response denying these claims.

Attorney Steve Finney filed a written motion Tuesday seeking dismissal of Ware’s charges with prejudice, citing the mid-trial discovery of three recorded interviews.

The discovery of the first recording last week prompted the state to end its bid for the death penalty for Ware on Friday. In the motion, Finney states Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus apprised him of Kingsport Police Department Capt. Jason Bellamy’s latest findings on Monday.

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