Accused Christian Newsom Murder Ringleader Requests Delay in Retrial

Attorneys for Lemaricus Davidson, the accused ringleader in the Christian Newsom torture slayings, have filed on his behalf a motion seeking a stay of any retrial hearing or decision by newly appointed Senior Judge Walter Kurtz, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Davidson’s defenders requested time to seek a Tennessee Supreme Court review of an order by a lower appellate court ousting from the case Senior Judge Job Kerry Blackwood, who ordered the new trial after it was discovered that disgraced former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was abusing prescription drugs during the original trial.