A judge has ordered a man and a woman he's accused of stalking to have no contact "whatsoever" with each other while her request for a restraining order is pending.
Alexandra Ambrosetti has accused Myles Stout of stalking and harassing her over the past three years.
But her request for a restraining order will have to wait until Stout, 22, is sentenced for shooting Myles Compton, 18, to death in 2011.
On Thursday, Hamilton County Chancellor W. Frank Brown III postponed a hearing on the restraining order until Nov. 9, four days after Stout's scheduled sentencing.
Stout's attorney in both cases, Hank Hill, requested postponement because the sentencing could make the restraining order moot if his client goes to prison.
Convicted of reckless homicide in Compton's death, Stout faces two to four years, with parole eligibility in eight to 14 months. The jury found him not guilty on the original charge of second-degree murder.
Ambrosetti claims in court documents that Stout texted her, threatened to cut her brother and broke into her family home while she was out of the country.
Clancy Covert, Ambrosetti's attorney, first resisted the attempt to postpone the restraining order hearing, saying, "This has been going on for three years. My client needs some finality."
But the judge's decision to extend the terms of the temporary restraining order caused Covert to relent.
Hill told Brown his client is exercising his right not to testify in responding to Ambrosetti's claims.
During Stout's trial, witnesses testified that he pressed a .40-caliber handgun into Compton's chest and pulled the trigger. Stout told police he didn't know the gun was loaded.
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 ...