Judge declares mistrial in 4-year-old Greene County murder case; Trial reset

James Black

GREENEVILLE, TN WJHL) – A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in a more than four-year-old murder case in Greene County.

James Douglas Black was one of three people charged in the deaths of two people in 2012.

After a four year delay, his murder trial abruptly ended when a witness for the prosecution revealed he’d met Black while both were serving jail time, said Assistant District Attorney Ritchie Collins.

That triggered the mistrial declaration for Black who prosecutors said took part in the murder of Cortney Thompson and Terrence Stewart on March 11, 2012.

A man found their bodies under the Newport Bridge on Highway 321.

A judge reset Black’s murder trial for next January.

According to Collins, another man – Christopher Allen Jones – already pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

A third suspect, Tabatha Whitlock, has yet to be tried in connection to the case, Collins said.

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