Judge grants new trial for Angel Bumpass in 2009 Chattanooga killing

Angel Bumpass


Angel Bumpass, who was tried and convicted on first-degree murder charges and especially aggravated robbery in connection with the 2009 death of 68-year old Franklin Bonner, has been granted a new trial by a Hamilton County Criminal Court judge.

"I'm absolutely thrilled, I'm sure when I relay this information to Angel she would be thrilled as well," William Massey, Bumpass' attorney, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press by phone on Thursday, adding that he received the order via email on Wednesday evening. "I read it last night before going to bed."

Bumpass was 24 when she was found guilty by a jury of playing a role in Bonner's death when she was 13.

Bonner was found lying on the floor, bound to a kitchen table and chair inside his Washington Hills home on Jan.