Special prosecutor named in Noura Jackson's new trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Special prosecutor named in Noura Jackson's new trial

(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5/2009) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5/2009)

District Attorney Mike Dunavant was appointed as the special prosecutor in the new trial of a Memphis woman who was convicted of her mother's murder.

At her last hearing, a judge ruled that Noura Jackson would stay behind bars until a new prosecutor was named to her case. Despite Dunavant's appointment to the case, a judge refused to set a bond on Friday.

"She's been in jail since I think 2005. This is not an emergency bond hearing," said Judge Chris Craft.

Jackson is getting a new trial after the Tennessee Supreme Court found her rights were violated prior to her murder conviction.

Dunavant, who currently serves as district attorney for five West Tennessee counties, says he needs five to six weeks to get caught up on the case. He assigned assistant district attorneys Walt Freeland, of Tipton County, and Mark Davidson, of Fayette County, to help him.

"I don't really follow every case here in Shelby County, so I wasn't really that familiar with it at all," Dunavant said.

Dunavant filed a response to the motion to disqualify District Attorney Amy Weirich's office from the case, asking the judge for clarification about whether he could use administrative staff from her office.

Judge Craft said Dunavant and Jackson's attorney, Valerie Corder, will have to come to an agreement over those details.

Meanwhile, Corder continued her requests to speed up the process.

"She [Jackson] needs to be able to proceed to a resolution of these charges as expediently as possible," Corder said. "Just as every other citizen of this state, she has a right to a bond while doing so."

Corder and her team will make another request for bond at a status hearing on April 8.

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