Johnia Berry's Parents to Meet With Prosecutors About Possible New Suspect

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The parents of a college student who was stabbed to death three years ago are expected to meet with Knox County prosecutors this week to discuss recent developments in the case that may point to another killer.

A grand jury in September indicted Taylor Olson in the slaying of Johnia Berry and charged him with felony murder, first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

But last week Berry's family learned that Olson's lawyer is planning to point the finger at a petty criminal and friend of Olson as the real killer.

The 21-year-old woman from Bristol was stabbed to death on December 6, 2004, only 12 days before she was to receive a degree with honors from East Tennessee State University.

She had just moved to Knoxville, where she planned to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee, and was working at Peninsula Hospital, a mental health facility.

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