published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Summers on stand in Kendrick hearing

A Chattanooga man working for a new trial in his 1994 murder conviction questioned his former attorney in the seventh day of his hearing.

Edward T. Kendrick III is alleging he received ineffective legal counsel from both his trial attorney, Hank Hill, and the attorney on his appeal, Jerry Summers.

This morning, Kendrick asked Summers to review challenges Summers made after the first trial.

Summers said the prosecution’s last-minute witness caught Hill off guard and seriously affected Kendrick’s defense.

A jury convicted Kendrick of shooting his wife, Lisa Kendrick, with a Remington 7400 .30-06 rifle.

Kendrick has maintained that the weapon "went off" and he never intended to kill his wife.

Hours after her death in 1994, Chattanooga police officer Steve Miller shot himself in the foot with the rifle while moving it from his car to storage. He said at the time that his hands were not near the trigger.

The hearing has ended for the day in Hamilton County Criminal Court and will resume on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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