Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

Chair
PARKERSON | SANTEL PLLC
121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615)956-7938
Immediate Past Chair
Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865)769-6969
Immediate Past Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800

Suspect in Dobson Killing Appointed New Attorney

During a status hearing in a Knox County court today, one of the two men accused of killing Knoxville teenager Zaevion Dobson has been appointed a new lawyer, Knoxnews reports. Criminal Judge Steve Sword granted the request of Richard Gregory Williams for a new attorney, appointing Kit Rogers to the case. Williams offered no explanation for the request. Williams and co-defendant Christopher Drone Bassett face a 27-count indictment, including charges of first-degree murder, in the shooting of the 15-year-old Fulton High School football star.
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Nashville Woman Gets 15 Years for Murder of Teen

Antwana Smith today pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 14-year-old Treyonta Burleson, and was sentenced to 15 years by a Nashville court, the Tennessean reports. Burleson was the youngest victim of gun violence in 2015, a year that was notable for the highest death rate among young people in a decade. Burleson's death was one of the catalysts for Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's youth violence initiative.
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