Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 8/23/16. Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, left, speaks to his attorneys Stephen Greer and Bryan after appearing in Judge Tom Greenholtz's criminal courtroom on charges of perjury following his testimony in the Ooltewah High School rape case earlier this year.

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals has denied Gatlinburg Police Department Det. Rodney Burns' request that it overturn a local judge's ruling, a development that allows Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston to continue prosecuting the case.