published Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Judge denies Sam Parker a new trial

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    Sam Parker is escorted out of Judge Jon "Bo" Wood's courtroom after a motion for a new trial hearing was requested by his attorney in Walker County Superior Court in LaFayette, Ga., Thursday. Parker was convicted of killing his dispatcher wife, Theresa, in 2009, but her body wasn't found until 2010.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LaFAYETTE — Walker County Superior Court Judge Jon Wood denied a motion to give convicted killer Sam Parker a new trial.

Parker was in court April 12 when his attorney argued the former LaFayette police officer didn’t receive a fair trial.

Parker was convicted of killing his wife, Theresa, in 2009. His wife was a 911 dispatcher.

Attorney David Dunn argued his client should receive a new trial based on new evidence found when Theresa Parker’s bones were discovered in 2010.

But after considering the evidence, Wood wrote in an order issued Friday afternoon that he denied the request, according to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Read more in tomorrow’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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