Hamilton County man appeals death row conviction one month before execution
A man is appealing his death row conviction a month before he is set to be executed.
Leroy Hall Junior was convicted in 1991 for murdering Traci Crozier in Hamilton County.
It's been 28 years since Crozier was burned alive. The pain Leroy Hall caused the victim's family is still felt today.
"Busted her window out, took the keys, doused her in gasoline and threw a Molotov cocktail on her that he made up the road," said the victim's sister Staci Wooten.
Wooten's sister Traci was rescued from the burning car but later died.
"A neighbor up the street got her out, rolled her, put her out but her skin was falling off. She went to the hospital," Wooten told Channel 3.
Tracy Crozier's killer is set to be executed in Tennessee on December 5, 2019. However, Hall's defense argued in court on Monday that he did not get a fair trial.
After 28 years, and just weeks before the execution, the juror, listed as 'juror A' in the motion, came forward in October telling attorneys she was a victim of domestic violence which led to a bias conviction.
"We've got those issues that are meeting head-on," said Judge Don Poole in court.
Judge Poole said they must make sure everything is done correctly before someone is put to death.
However, Wooten says after two decades the time for justice has come.
"I guess he just doesn't want to be executed now, but he executed her. She had no choice of what he'd done," Wooten said.
Channel 3 asked Wooten what, if anything, could bring her family peace.
"Him being executed and me getting to sit there and watch him be executed because I had to watch my sister die," Wooten told Channel 3.
On November 14, a judge will hear both sides to determine if the argument of a biased juror has any validity.
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