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APPEAL IN SPARTA MURDER CASE ACCEPTED

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The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee has granted a retrial in the case of a White County woman who was found guilty of first-degree pre-meditated murder in April 2016. The appeal was filed by attorneys on June 27, 2017 in the murder trial of Lisa K. Young of Sparta. Sparta Live says that in February 2014, a full investigation was launched into the death of 41-year-old Jill Farley of Cookeville. According to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, Farley was waiting in a parked car for a friend who had went into the Dollar General Store on Roberts-Mathews Highway. Sometime afterward, an employee noted Farley struggling with someone inside the vehicle. Later Farley was found by the employee and her friend inside the vehicle suffering from severe wounds. She later died as a result of being injured. On Feb. 13, 2014, a White County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Bryan Anthony Logan, 38, and 26-year-old Miranda Michelle Brown, both of Sparta, with one count each of felony murder and aggravated robbery. About one year later, a Grand Jury indicted Young, who was not at the scene of the crime, with first degree murder, second degree murder and aggravated robbery. She was found guilty for reportedly directing Farley’s murder. Evidence from text messages made on Young’s cell phone was used by state prosecutors claiming that Young directed the murder. An appeal was filed by Young’s attorney claiming that a mistake had been made in a court ruling that prohibited statements made by Miranda Brown that indicated she had Young’s cell phone during the murder. The defense attorneys argued that excluding those statements harmed Young’s defense argument. The court agreed and thus reversed the decision. The case was remanded to the trial court for a new trial. No new trial date has been set. DA Dunaway says that the state will Appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Picture courtesy of Sparta Live.


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