Man Again Wants New Trial in East Tennessee Mountain Murders

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A hearing was set to continue Wednesday in Frank Casteel's attempt to win a third trial in the killings of three men on Signal Mountain.

Casteel has twice been convicted in the shotgun killings of Richard Mason, Kenneth Griffith and Earl Smock in 1988. He is serving three life prison terms.

Casteel claims his attorney didn't adequately represent him and says prosecutors are guilty of misconduct during the 2003 retrial.

Defense attorney John Cavett testified Tuesday that he competently handled Casteel's case and said arguing self-defense wasn't possible.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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