published Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Judge to decide if Sam Parker gets new trial

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    Sam Parker sits before Judge Jon Wood on a motion for a new trial hearing in Walker County Superior Court in Lafayette, Ga.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chief judge Jon "Bo" Wood will decide whether Sam Parker should get a new trial in light of new evidence in his case.

Parker was convicted of killing his dispatcher wife, Theresa, in 2009, but her body wasn't found until 2010.

Sam Parker's attorney, David Dunn, argued during the motion for a new trial hearing earlier today that if the jury had seen the autopsy report on Theresa Parker's remains, his client would have been acquitted.

State medical examiner Kris Sperry testified that Theresa Parker's jawbone showed signs of trauma before her death. Sperry was one of two state witnesses this morning.

But Sperry didn't include his findings on Theresa Parker's jawbone in his final report, Dunn pointed out.

Wood didn't give a time frame for when he would make a decision.

See more coverage in Friday's Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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