Retrial preparations under way in Blount slaying

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Preparations for the retrial of a murder charge in a decade old case have begun in Blount County.

The Daily Times reported attorneys argued motions Tuesday in Circuit Court as the state prepared to again try Douglas Franklin Jordan Jr.

Jordan was serving a 23-year prison term when the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his second-degree murder conviction in 2011. The appellate court found the state withheld two pieces of evidence that could have been favorable to Jordan's defense.

He was convicted in the 1998 killing of Jennifer Byerley of Louisville, who was 22. Byerly's body was found along a road where investigators said it was dumped. Her throat had been slashed.

No date has been set for trial to begin.

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