Convicted East Tennessee Murderer to Get New Trial

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) An East Tennessee man serving a life sentence for first degree murder was granted a new trial today.

Kenneth Cross was convicted of the 2005 Scott County murder of Brandon Woodward, 15.

Today in Huntsville, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton agreed with District Attorney General Paul Phillips that Cross should have a new trial.

Phillips says a TBI investigation after the trial reveals that one of the major material witnesses, a family member, may have commited perjury in the first trial.

Woodward's uncle describes his mother's reaction to the decision.

"(She's) very, very upset," Richard Burress told WVLT-TV. "She could not stop shaking outside today. She had to be driven back. She was going to try and go back to work, but, of course, she couldn't."

When asked about his client getting a new trial, Cross's attorney Doug Trant declined comment.

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