Court Stays Retrial of Christian/Newsom Defendants

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay in the proceedings involving three of four defendants in one of Knoxville's most horrific criminal cases. The move comes after the state Attorney General's Office filed an appeal of Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's refusal to step down from the cases. According to the News Sentinel, the court gave the attorneys for the defendants until Monday to respond to the state’s appeal. The state is seeking to remove Blackwood from the case.