Jailhouse phone calls could come into play in Thomas retrial

Jailhouse phone calls could come into play in Thomas retrial

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Phone calls recorded at a Kentucky jail could play a role in the upcoming retrial of George Thomas.

Thomas has already been convicted in the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.                  

But he was granted a new trial in the wake of judge Richard Baumgartner's painkiller addiction.

On Monday, presiding Judge Walter Kurtz signed off on an order adding James Stanton as a witness for the state.

Stanton told 6 News Wednesday that he works as a senior network advisor at the Grayson County, Kentucky detention center, where he records phone calls.

Thomas was arrested in Kentucky after police found movies he had rented at the Chipman Street house where Christian's body was found.

The retrial is set for May 13.

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