Defense gets new lawyer, later trial date

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A man accused of killing his estranged wife and two other people in a state highway garage in Jackson has a new lawyer.

Public Defender George Googe this week requested permission to hire Lloyd Tatum Junior of Henderson as co-counsel. The court approved and moved the start of David Lynn Jordan Junior's trial from May 16th to September 19th.

District Attorney General Jerry Woodall wants the death penalty or life without parole for Jordan if the jury convicts him. Jordan is accused of killing his wife, Donna Renee Jordan, who worked at the Transportation Department garage. He's also indicted in the killings of state Agriculture Department employee Jerry Hooper and David Gordon, who worked for a private delivery company. He's also accused of wounding two other T-DOT employees.

Jordan has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including three counts of first-degree murder.