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Tonya Craft Trial Motions

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RINGGOLD (WRCB)--Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during Tonya Craft's trial but her supporters will not be allowed to wear tee-shirts or park cars with "Truth for Tonya" bumper stickers around the courthouse square in Ringgold, Georgia.

Those decisions were among a number of rulings Catoosa County Superior Court Judge Brian House made during a two hour plus hearing on thirty individual motions filed by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case.

Craft, a former kindergarten teacher at Chickamauga Elementary, is scheduled for trial next Monday on nearly two dozen charges related to allegations that she sexually abused three young girls in her home during sleepovers with Craft's daughter.

Judge House denied defense motions that he step down from the case and that Chris Arnt be removed as prosecutor.

A defense motion to have the trial moved from Catoosa County will be heard once a jury is seated.

As for the media motion, cameras will be allowed to record all of the trial proceedings except the testimony of the three alleged victims, all little girls under age 10.

The majority of the motions were deferred, with Judge House announcing he will rule on most of the issues as they are presented during trial.

And, all parties are bound by a three page gag order the judge issued last week. During today's hearing Judge House emphasized that neither side is to bring up the issue of polygraph testing. He warned a packed courtroom that anyone who mentions polygraph tests in relation to the Craft case, either in the courtroom or in any public venue, will be held in contempt of court.

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