Teen Charged With Killing Wilson Co. High School Student Appointed New Defense Team

The teen charged as an adult for killing a Mt. Juliet High School student is seeking to delay his trial as he transitions defense counsel, The Tennessean reports. Ethen Vanderpool stands accused of criminal homicide for the shooting death of JayShawn Taylor in November. Vanderpool’s original defense attorney, Tony Maynard, filed a motion to withdraw from the case in November, citing contractual reasons and differences of opinion on how the case was being handled. Criminal Court Judge Brody Kane then appointed Joshua Robbins to defend Vanderpool. The defendant and his family have now hired Kirk Catron and Hunter Fowler who have requested to push back the trial dates in order to prepare and review discovery and the evidence in the case. Prosecutors did not comment on whether they would contest the motion.

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