Murderer's fate now in hands of judge

Murderer's fate now in hands of judge

March 23rd, 2011 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press Edward T. Kendrick III listens Friday at the Hamilton County Court's Building as his attorney questions a witness during their attempt to get a new trial for Kendrick. Kendrick was convicted of murdering his wife in 1994.

The fate of a convicted murderer is now in the hands of a Hamilton County judge.

Edward T. Kendrick III, convicted in 1994 of killing his wife Lisa, was asking for a new trial, saying his former lawyers did not properly represent him in the original trial and appeal.

Today, after 10 days of a post-conviction hearing that took place over six weeks, Criminal Court Judge Don Poole told the audience that the extended delays in hearings, which dragged out for more than a decade, had "gone on much too long."

There is no deadline set for Poole to issue his opinion.

Kendrick represented himself for much of the hearing and, in his closing argument Wednesday morning, read through numerous cases he believed proved his right for a new trial.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.