Three convicted in Zaevion Dobson shooting death appear in court to petition for new trial


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Less than a month before the four-year anniversary of the death of a Knoxville teen hero, all three shooters were back in court Thursday to ask for a new trial.

Zaevion Dobson shot to death on December 17, 2015, protecting two of his friends from gunfire. He was 15 at the time.

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Dobson became the face of the local anti-gang movement, sparking a citywide conversation and a call to stop the violence.

Three people were eventually charged in his murder: Christopher Bassett, Richard Williams and Kipling Colbert Jr.

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Bassett was convicted of first-degree murder. Williams and Colbert were convicted of facilitation of first-degree murder.

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Their motion for a retrial has been reset for Friday, December 6. We’ll continue following this story and update you as we learn more.

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