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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on May 18, 2012

When Vanessa Coleman is tried for a second time in a January 2007 torture slaying, one of the victim's name will not be on the indictment. Coleman's lawyer, Ted Lavit, told Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood on Thursday that he intends to file a motion also asking the judge to bar prosecutors from introducing testimony or evidence related to Christopher Newsom's death, including photographs of his burned body. Lavit says Coleman was exonerated on all counts related to Newsom. Prosecutors Leland Price and TaKisha Fitzgerald have not yet weighed in on Lavit's position that evidence on Newsom's death should be excluded since Lavit has not yet filed a written motion. The News Sentinel reports