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Former death row inmate faces third murder trial

Timothy McKinney, who's accused of murdering a Memphis police officer in 1999, will face his third trial on the charges later this summer. Timothy McKinney, who's accused of murdering a Memphis police officer in 1999, will face his third trial on the charges later this summer.

(WMC-TV) – Timothy McKinney, who's accused of murdering a Memphis police officer in 1999, will face his third trial on the charges later this summer.

McKinney's re-trial ended last week with a hung jury.

Tuesday morning a judge told McKinney to be back in court August 13.

The new trial marks the third time McKinney has been charged with murder and the third time he has claimed he's innocent.

Defense attorneys said their client is looking forward to his new trial date.

"This case has a lot of reasonable doubt and this man has sat in jail for 15 years waiting for his day in court," said defense attorney Marty McAfee.

McKinney is accused of the 1999 murder of Memphis Police Officer Don Williams.

Williams was moonlighting as a security guard at a North Memphis comedy club and prosecutors say McKinney shot Williams after the off-duty officer evicted him from the club.

McKinney's first trial ended with a death sentence, but he won a second trial after claiming his defense attorney had been ineffective.

Last week, the second trial ended with a hung jury.

Now that McKinney is facing his third trial, there are questions as to whether media attention on the case will make it hard to find jurors who haven't heard about the charges.

"The question with the jurors is not whether the jury has heard something about the case," said defense attorney Gerald Skahan. "The question is whether they can put out of their mind what they've heard and listen to the proof without having an opinion one way or another."

McKinney is currently being held without bond.

Meanwhile, his attorneys and prosecutors are planning their strategies and both sides are hoping that the third murder trial will end in their favor.

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