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Appeal on Knoxville torture/murder case hinging on search warrant signature

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KNOXVILLE, TN (AP) - A state appeals panel is weighing whether police erred in searching a house while carrying a warrant without a key signature on it when they found the body of a slain University of Tennessee student inside a trash can.

The case against Lemaricus Davidson centers on whether evidence gathered during the search is valid because the signature of the lead detective in the case wasn't visible on the warrant during the 2007 search.

A judge handed down a death sentence for Davidson in the death of 21-year-old Channon Christian and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Christopher Newsome.

If the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals finds the warrant invalid, it could mean a new trial.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1uEm5QV ) that the court didn't say when it would rule after Tuesday's hearing.

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