New Trials Ordered in Torture Slayings, Despite Recusal Request

An order has been filed requiring new trials for the defendants in a January 2007 torture slaying, according to John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols, and reported by the News Sentinel. This comes despite a request from prosecutors that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood recuse himself from the case, after he indicated last week he was ordering new trials without a hearing.