Judge: ex-prosecutor's body won't be exhumed

Judge: ex-prosecutor's body won't be exhumed


KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) -- The body of former Knox County District Attorney Ed Dossett won't be exhumed for his wife's murder trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

It was the state's third attempt at an exhumation motion and Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner's third denial.

Raynella Dossett-Leath is charged with Dossett's murder in 1992. She is also charged with the fatal shooting of her second husband, David Leath, in 2003.

Dossett was terminally ill with cancer when he died in 1992, apparently trampled by cattle. The death was ruled accidental, but prosecutors an autopsy suggested he had enough morphine in him to kill him.

On Thursday, Judge Baumgartner said prosecutors failed to show that "anything will be discovered that is not already known or ascertainable."

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