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High court upholds Chattanooga man's life sentence

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Supreme Court is upholding the conviction and life sentence of a man who killed his wife in Chattanooga more than 20 years ago.

In a unanimous decision, Tennessee's highest court has reversed a Court of Criminal Appeals decision and reinstated Edward Kendrick's murder conviction and life sentence in the death of his estranged wife, Lisa Kendrick, at a gas station in March 1994.

According to the court, Kendrick's defense at trial was that his rifle fired accidentally. His lawyer based this defense on evidence that the police officer who retrieved the rifle accidentally shot himself in the foot with it.

After his conviction, Kendrick appealed, arguing that his public defender was ineffective.

The Court of Criminal Appeals vacated Kendrick's conviction and sentence, and granted him a new trial.

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