Retrial In Death Row Case Shows Faded Memories

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Jurors at the retrial of a man who spent 15 years on Death Row for fatally shooting a Chattanooga pharmacist have to weigh fading memories and missing police records against a recording of him implicating himself.

Michael Lee McCormick is on trial again, based on an appeals ruling that he had inadequate defense the first time.

He spent 15 years on Tennessee's Death Row for the 1985 Valentine's Day shooting death of an acquaintance, 23-year-old Donna Jean Nichols.

The retrial is expected to continue into next week.

Yesterday McCormick's attorneys questioned now-retired investigator Charles Dudley about the decision to charge McCormick instead of other suspects.

Responding to public defender Karla Gothard, Dudley repeatedly said he could not recall specifics about the investigation. He said several men were considered suspects. Dudley also said he could no longer locate the original investigation report tapes.

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