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Christopher C. Padgett

The man accused of killing a Chattanooga taxi driver in 2012 will head to trial in December.

Christopher C. Padgett, who faces felony murder and robbery charges in the shooting death of cab driver Nathan Deere, will go to trial Dec. 1, before whichever judge replaces retired Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern.

On April 18, 2012, 32-year-old Deere was discovered slumped in the driver's seat of his Millennium Taxi with a gunshot wound to his head. He died the next day.

Padgett is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail. He had been out on bond but was jailed again and had his bond raised after a judge determined he violated terms of his release.

Padgett's attorney, Charles Dupree, has filed a motion asking the location of Padgett's trial to be held outside of Hamilton County because of the potential coverage of the case.

That motion will be heard in October.

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