Cocke Co. man loses appeal of murder conviction

NEWPORT, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Cocke County man sentenced to life in prison in connection with a 2004 murder has lost his appeal of his first degree murder conviction.

Charles Wade McGaha, was one of two men convicted in the murder of James Quintin Cox, 31 inside a Cocke County home on Memorial Day of 2004.

Lawyers for McGaha had appealed his conviction to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals questioning whether the evidence presented was sufficient to support his convictions, whether the trial judge erred by failing to recuse himself; and whether the trial court erred by not declaring a mistrial after the jury saw him walking to the courtroom while shackled.

The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the ruling of the Cocke County Circuit Court judge this week.

James Wesley Daniels is also serving life in prison in connection with Cox's murder.

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