Murder charges against Twanna Blair in Valentine's Day triple murder dismissed

Murder charges against Twanna Blair in Valentine's Day triple murder dismissed

June 17th, 2014 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Twanna Blair

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

A special judge has dismissed murder charges against Twanna Blair in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple murder in Cleveland, Tenn.

Blair was arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and facilitation of felony murder and one count of facilitation of especially aggravated robbery in the 15-year-old case.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has issued an order dismissing the charges.

Blair's attorney, Lee Davis, argued in the May hearing that prosecutors were charging her again after having she was previously found not guilty in a 2009 trial.

But Bradley County prosecutor Richard Fisher argued that some of the charges on the indictment were never dismissed.

The murder involved the deaths of O.J. Blair, Dawn Rogers and Cayci Higgins.

Twanna Blair was also shot in the incident.

Eight years after the slayings Twanna Blair was indicted on Jan. 17, 2007 on the charges. But one year later, in 2008, prosecutors decided not to prosecute her.

The same year she was again indicted, along with Michael Younger and Maurice Johnson, who were charged in the deaths.

Johnson was convicted and is serving a life sentence. Younger's first trial ended in a mistrial. Younger was reindicted with Blair in March and has an appointed attorney.

For more see Wednesday's Times Free Press.