The daughter of a man who died months after a severe beating hopes a trial will fight accusations made in his death.
Garner Lee Isbill, 76, died on May 23, more than two months after a March 18 beating that sent him to the hospital.
Police say Jennifer Hatfield-Streeval, 32, and John Moncier, 28, punched and dragged Isbill down concrete steps at a Lee Highway motel after someone told Streeval that Isbill had molested her young daughter.
Moncier and Streeval are charged with criminal homicide and other crimes in Isbill's death.
On Thursday, Isbill's daughter told reporters outside a preliminary hearing for Streeval and Moncier in Hamilton County General Sessions Court that the allegations against her father were false.
"I know that's a lie," said Yvonne Trammell, fighting tears as she spoke about her father's last months on life support.
Isbill could not communicate and required a respirator to breathe, she said. Doctors told her he was brain dead before he died.
Trammell said many of Isbill's nieces and granddaughters volunteered to testify to his character and rebut the molestation claims.
During the first part of the brief hearing before Judge Christie Mahn Sell, prosecutors and defense attorneys Jerry Summers and Hank Hill heard testimony from Hamilton County Medical Examiner Dr. James Metcalfe.
The hearing was continued until Aug. 21 so attorneys could present Isbill's medical records from Erlanger hospital.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...