published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Murderer’s fate now in hands of judge

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    Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press Edward T. Kendrick III listens Friday at the Hamilton County Court's Building as his attorney questions a witness during their attempt to get a new trial for Kendrick. Kendrick was convicted of murdering his wife in 1994.

The fate of a convicted murderer is now in the hands of a Hamilton County judge.

Edward T. Kendrick III, convicted in 1994 of killing his wife Lisa, was asking for a new trial, saying his former lawyers did not properly represent him in the original trial and appeal.

Today, after 10 days of a post-conviction hearing that took place over six weeks, Criminal Court Judge Don Poole told the audience that the extended delays in hearings, which dragged out for more than a decade, had “gone on much too long.”

There is no deadline set for Poole to issue his opinion.

Kendrick represented himself for much of the hearing and, in his closing argument Wednesday morning, read through numerous cases he believed proved his right for a new trial.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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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thedeltajew said...

bye bye kendrick!!! you can now join the muslims and blame all your problems on someone else.

March 23, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
alliya33 said...

Dont you think you are being racist?? Not all muslims are bad and majority of them don't blame their problems on others.

March 23, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
thedeltajew said...

not racist at all.its a fact that when some people go to prison they find "instant religion" and for most blacks its islam and for whites its mosly other religions/denominations. its also a fact that prison is a breeding ground for racism for both blacks and whites.in prison blacks and white segregate themselfs from each other.thats why most prisoners find it hard to deal with the outside when they get out,because they are living in a desegregated world on the outside.and it is fact that alot of people both black and white blame others for the time they are in prison.some neiborhoods would be alot saver if we didnt have the no snitching codes followed by both criminals and non-criminals.people who follow the no snitch codes promote crime in their hoods and encourage it.thats why alot of kids and women will not report abuse because they fear retaliation for snitching.so folks stay quite and crime goes on and the cops get the blame right?

March 24, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
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