Gatlinburg police detective charged in connection with Ooltewah rape case will appeal judge's decision

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 8/23/16. Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns speaks to his attorney Bryan Delius before 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.

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Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns plans to appeal a Hamilton County Criminal Court judge's decision in his case.

Burns faces two charges of aggravated perjury due to his testimony in the Ooltewah High School rape case. The offense is a class D felony that carries a sentence of between two and four years in prison.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz denied Burns motion to have Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston removed from the case in October.

In court this morning, Greenholtz granted Burns request for an interlocutory appeal, which allows Burns to ask the Tennessee Court of Appeals to look into Greenholtz's decision.

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