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Davidson County jury will hear Knox murder case

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Gary Christian, center, the father of homicide victim Channon Christian, listens to arguments during a motions hearing for slaying suspect Lemaricus Davidson. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Gary Christian, center, the father of homicide victim Channon Christian, listens to arguments during a motions hearing for slaying suspect Lemaricus Davidson. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The Davidson County Criminal Court has summoned 480 people as potential jurors in a Knoxville murder case.

A Knoxville newspaper reports this will be the second trial for George Thomas, who was convicted in December 2009 in the torture and slaying of a young Knoxville couple. Thomas, of Lebanon, KY., was sentenced to life without parole.

He won a retrial after the judge in the case abruptly left the bench in a prescription pills and sex scandal without having affirmed the verdict.

Thomas has maintained he is innocent, saying he was inside the home where 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom were held but took no part in crimes against them.

Once jurors are selected, they will be bussed to Knoxville on Sunday. The trial begins Monday.

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