Jerry Summers testifies in Kendrick case hearing

Jerry Summers testifies in Kendrick case hearing

March 5th, 2011 by Todd South in News

A Chattanooga man working for a new trial in his 1994 murder conviction questioned his former attorney Friday in the seventh day of his hearing.

Edward T. Kendrick III is alleging he received ineffective legal counsel from both his trial attorney, Hank Hill, and the attorney on his appeal, Jerry Summers.

Friday morning, Kendrick asked Summers to review challenges he made after the first trial.

Summers said the prosecution's last-minute witness caught Hill off guard and seriously affected Kendrick's defense.

A jury convicted Kendrick of shooting his wife, Lisa Kendrick, with a Remington 7400 .30-06 rifle.

Kendrick has maintained that the weapon "went off" and he never intended to kill his wife.

Hours after her death in 1994, Chattanooga police officer Steve Miller shot himself in the foot with the rifle while moving it from his car to storage. He said at the time that his hands were not near the trigger.

The hearing will resume at 1:30 p.m Tuesday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.