Inmate wants new trial in 1989 Columbus slaying
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September 19, 2012 12:30 PM | 431 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man serving a life sentence for killing a baker at a Columbus doughnut shop in 1989 says he deserves a new trial.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports convicted murderer Tracey Terrell McKay says his trial attorney did a poor job by ignoring witnesses who pointed to someone else as the killer of baker Sonny Thrash.

A judge heard more than two hours of testimony Tuesday as McKay’s new lawyer called numerous witnesses, including attorney Alonza Whitaker.

Whitaker defended McKay at his 2006 trial, but is now an assistant prosecutor. Whitaker says jurors at McKay’s trial wouldn’t have been allowed to hear witness statements implicating other suspects because they would have been considered hearsay.

The judge has not indicated when he will rule.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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