NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee court officials have been flooded with requests from the public asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to stop the retrials of 4 defendants convicted in the torture-slayings of a young Knoxville couple.

A special judge this month ordered new trials to be held in the murder case stemming from the deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, who were carjacked, sexually tortured and killed in 2007, because the presiding judge was intoxicated at the time.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Laura Click said in a statement the state's high court has received more than 16,000 emails requesting a stop to the retrials. Click said the state's judicial conduct code prevents the Supreme Court from considering those requests and commenting on cases that may come before them.

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