Trial nears in murder of Bolton High teacher - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Trial nears in murder of Bolton High teacher

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A quiet Jeffrey Scott walked into court with his father Friday morning.  Inside the courtroom, Scott's attorney, Leslie Ballin, asked for one more pretrial date to review one more piece of state evidence, which is currently at the TBI's lab in Nashville.

"They are just waiting on some test results on evidence that when they get, they'll give to me," Ballin said.

Jeffrey Scott is charged with first degree murder in the death of Bolton High School Teacher Ashley Scott.  Prosecutors say Scott beat his wife to death on Thanksgiving Day, 2006.

Ashley's sister, Kecia Vekovius, drove up from Shreveport to be in the courtroom Friday morning.

"It's very hard to go to the courtroom and watch Jeffrey walk out of the courtroom and go home when he deserves to be in prison," she said.
Leslie Ballin disagreed, saying his client is innocent of first degree murder.  Ballin shielded Scott away from the press both outside the courtroom and in an elevator.

"My client maintains his innocence from beginning to end," he said. "Harming somebody is different than intending to kill them."

But court records show Jeffrey Scott admitted to arguing with Ashley.  The argument turned physical, and he allegedly struck her.

Ballin would not comment on the matter.

Once trial begins, it is expected to last one to two weeks.

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