Vanessa Coleman requests new trial

Vanessa Coleman requests new trial

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Vanessa Coleman awaiting her sentence in February. Vanessa Coleman awaiting her sentence in February.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The woman convicted twice for facilitating the murder of Channon Christian is asking for another new trial.

Vanessa Coleman's attorney filing a motion for a new trial and a motion calling for her acquittal.

Her defense entered a number of arguments for the motions.

Among the arguments, her lawyer argues she should have received immunity for testifying before a federal grand jury, the state should not have introduced graphic color crime scene photos, the evidence in the case was insufficient and that the racial make up of the jury was unfair because a disproportionate number of black jurors were dismissed because of their criminal backgrounds.

Coleman's recent retrial came as a result of Judge Richard Baumgartner's addiction to prescription painkillers.

She was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but could be paroled in about four and a half years.
   

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