|Published: 8:37 AM, 03/25/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-Two men charged in the
June 2012 death of an 18-year-old Sweetwater man have had their
trials "severed" in Monroe County Criminal Court.
Stephen LaBron Chrisman Jr. and Charles
Allen Kile are both charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to
commit first-degree murder and setting fire to personal property or
land. Kile, 51, is also charged with criminal responsibility for
first-degree murder in the June 25 killing of Justin Craig Click.
Both men were indicted last August and
were scheduled to be tried at the same time on April 16. Now, at the
request of Chrisman's attorney, Leon Shahan, the two will be tried
In a motion approved by Judge Carroll
Ross last week, Shanan said he felt Chrisman could have his case
damaged by statements Kile made to law enforcement during the
investigation of the case.
Shahan said if the two are tried to
together, he wouldn't be able to cross examine Kile about the
statements, something guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.
See full story in the Sunday, March 24, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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