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Closing arguments set for Tuesday in Baumgartner federal trial

Closing arguments set for Tuesday in Baumgartner federal trial

Both sides have rested in the federal trial of former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner; closing arguments are set to begin on Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors rested their case Monday morning after calling their final two witnesses.  Knox County General Sessions Judge Andrew Jackson and Knox County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Blevins testified that Baumgartner approached them separately in 2010 about Castleman.  They were involved in cases against her. 

Mostly female jury selected in Baumgartner trial

Mostly female jury selected in Baumgartner trial

A jury has been selected in the trial of disgraced former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner.

 

Ten women and two men were selected to be on the main jury during the jury selection process, with one woman and one man as alternates.

Baumgartner faces seven counts of misprision of a felony. Prosecutors say he lied to the people, including state official, while trying to cover up a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Woman reports sexual assault in Fort Sanders

Woman reports sexual assault in Fort Sanders

A young woman said she was sexually assaulted in the Fort Sanders area near the University of Tennessee campus.

According to Knoxville Police Captain Eve Thomas, the assault happened around 2:00 a.m. Friday.

Thomas said a 20-year-old female was coming back from the Cumberland Avenue Strip, had exited a cab and was walking in the 600 block of 13th Avenue when a male approached her.

The woman told police that the suspect grabbed her as she was going into a house apartment, groped her, held a knife to her neck, and told her to give him everything she had.

Funeral arrangements set for Knoxville soldier who died in accidental shooting

Funeral arrangements set for Knoxville soldier who died in accidental shooting

Family members have set funeral services for a Knoxville soldier who was killed in an accidental shooting in Fort Carson, Colorado.

The family of Specialist John Hargreaves will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday at Weaver Funeral Home.  His funeral will be at 11 am on Saturday.  There will also be a candelight ceremony in Hargreaves' honor on Saturday night at Karns High School, his alma mater.

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Final pre-trial conference held ahead of Baumgartner federal trial

Final pre-trial conference held ahead of Baumgartner federal trial

What will the jury hear? That central issue is now before a federal court just weeks ahead of the trial for a fallen East Tennessee judge.

Attorneys for both sides in the case against former disgraced Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner argued on Tuesday over ground-rules for his upcoming trial.

DA, KPD shut down nuisance Ailor Avenue motel

DA, KPD shut down nuisance Ailor Avenue motel

A motel near downtown Knoxville is shut down, in the latest nuisance closure by local authorities.

The District Attorney General's Office and Knoxville Police officers served a nuisance injunction at the Royal Inn and Suites on Ailor Avenue Thursday.

Authorities say undercover officers made several cocaine buys inside the motel, and KPD officers have responded to more than 200 reports of criminal activity there in the past two years.