NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Davidson County Criminal Court has summoned 480 people as potential jurors in a Knoxville murder case.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/171bvMF) this will be the second trial for George Thomas, who was convicted in December 2009 in the torture and slaying of a young Knoxville couple. Thomas, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was sentenced to life without parole.
He won a retrial after the judge in the case abruptly left the bench in a prescription pills and sex scandal without having affirmed the verdict.
Thomas has maintained he is innocent, saying he was inside the home where 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom were held but took no part in crimes against them.
Once jurors are selected, they will be bussed to Knoxville on Sunday. The trial begins Monday.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com