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Hamilton County judge splits cases in home invasion murder

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A judge has ordered separate trials for four co-defendants in a 2010 home invasion murder case.

John Thomas Simpson, 31, will be the first to face a trial in the June 29, 2010 shooting death of Bernard Hughes.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole said today he would pick trial dates on Wednesday for Simpson's co-defendants — Steven James Ballou, Harold Francis Butler III and Unjolee Tremone Moore.

All four defense attorneys requested separate trials after learning prosecutors planned to use statements made by Simpson and Moore, which "implicate" them and the other co-defendants in the killing

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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