published Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Murder charges against Twanna Blair in Valentine's Day triple murder dismissed

A special judge has dismissed murder charges against Twanna Blair in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple murder in Cleveland, Tenn.

Blair was arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and facilitation of felony murder and one count of facilitation of especially aggravated robbery in the 15-year-old case.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has issued an order dismissing the charges.

Blair's attorney, Lee Davis, argued in the May hearing that prosecutors were charging her again after having she was previously found not guilty in a 2009 trial.

But Bradley County prosecutor Richard Fisher argued that some of the charges on the indictment were never dismissed.

The murder involved the deaths of O.J. Blair, Dawn Rogers and Cayci Higgins.

Twanna Blair was also shot in the incident.

Eight years after the slayings Twanna Blair was indicted on Jan. 17, 2007 on the charges. But one year later, in 2008, prosecutors decided not to prosecute her.

The same year she was again indicted, along with Michael Younger and Maurice Johnson, who were charged in the deaths.

Johnson was convicted and is serving a life sentence. Younger's first trial ended in a mistrial. Younger was reindicted with Blair in March and has an appointed attorney.

For more see Wednesday'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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