Attorneys say ineffective counsel, police misconduct support defendant's bid for new trial in 2010 murder-robbery case

Unjolee Tremone Moore, who is charged with the killing of Bernard Hughes, sits in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Courts Building in Judge Don Poole's courtroom on Tuesday.

Eight years ago, prosecutors say, Unjolee Moore drove three associates to and from a fatal home invasion at the British Woods Apartments. Though prosecutors didn't have witnesses or DNA evidence placing him there, they had an alleged confession in which Moore said he helped plan the robbery of 46-year-old Bernard Hughes, not knowing it would turn fatal.

That was enough for jurors in 2013 to convict Moore, now 32, of felony murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, second-degree murder and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. Those charges resulted in a life sentence that he's serving at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center near Nashville.

But on Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court, Moore's attorneys will argue that ineffective assistance of counsel resulted in a wrongful conviction in 2013 and a rejected appeal three years later.

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