Hollingsworth wants new trial after convicted of ex-wife's cold case murder
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
The man convicted of a high-profile cold case murder in Chattanooga is now asking for a new trial. Earlier this year, a jury found Adolphus Hollingsworth guilty of killing Vicky Carr, 28, back in 1997.
A public defender represented Hollingsworth during his trial in January. He was convicted of second degree murder. Now Hollingsworth has hired his own attorney, who argues there wasn't enough evidence to convict him in the first place.
"I don't think there's been anything that Mr. Hollingsworth has said to indicate he's committed this crime," said defense attorney Bill Speek.
The story of Vicky Carr's 1997 murder isn't final just yet. Seventeen years passed before a jury convicted her ex-husband.
Now Hollingsworth is pushing for a new trial.
"He has some legitimate issues that need to be brought before the court," Speek said.
The state has just 15 years to take legal action on a second degree murder charge.
Hollingsworth was indicted for first degree murder 16 years after Carr was killed. First degree murder has no statute of limitations.
According to court documents, Hollingsworth's indictment was amended to include second degree murder, extending its statute of limitations. "If the case had been submitted again to the grand jury, the second degree murder statute would have expired," the motion reads.
"What we need to make sure is that a defendant knew he was waiving his right to have his case reindicted," Speek said.
Hollingsworth was living and working in Texas as a boilermaker. His arrest came when the case was featured on the TNT show, Cold Justice.
During the trial, several people recalled the couple's volatile relationship.
Carr was supposed to give Hollingsworth a ride to work the morning she went missing. Her car somehow made it home, but she never did. Two years passed before her remains were found on Billy Goat Hill in East Chattanooga, a place Hollingsworth knew well.
Blood was also found inside Carr's vehicle, and a branch lodged in the tailpipe matched one that was damaged in Hollingsworth's back yard.
"He did not expect that he would be behind bars. Unfortunately, that's the position he finds himself in. His spirits are as high as they can be for someone in his position. We're just determined to do whatever we can to make sure justice is seen in this case," said Speek.
Attorneys will argue whether Hollingsworth gets a new trial next month. Hollingsworth is serving a 22-year prison sentence.