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December 29, 1993 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until his home phone unexpectedly rang one Sunday in late May, the rules for being a criminal defense attorney had always been clear to Leroy Phillips Jr. You fought fiercely for your client's constitutional rights, no matter how heinous his crime. You never shared your client's confidences with anyone, particularly not the authorities. You never gave an inch to the prosecutor. You were a ferocious adversary of the state, a fierce advocate of the defendant.
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June 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Ring Paulino Deng survived civil war in his native Sudan, four years of slavery and an arduous escape that eventually took him on a 6,400-mile journey to the United States. He died at age 19 with a knife in his chest outside the Nashville apartment where he had settled, the victim of a parking dispute. Family and friends can't believe his struggle ended this way. "We thought the United States was safe," said Deng's cousin, Mabior Manyok.
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June 19, 1988 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Teddy Donald Hudson was heading home early in the morning of July 20, 1957. Even at 1 a.m. the air was heavy. The heat wave that had gripped Chattanooga the last few days had not let up and everyone was suffering. Hudson drove his 1948 DeSoto north on Bell Avenue, heading for his home in North Chattanooga. His car windows were down. He was tired. He had made three trips that Friday night across the Tennessee River, into Chattanooga proper.
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March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
A firefighter killed in an ambush shooting while trying to save a burning residence took his last ride on a firetruck Saturday aboard a pumper named for his father, a firefighter who also died on the job. Lt. Javier Lerma, 41, died along with another firefighter and a Shelby County sheriff's deputy Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on them as they responded to a house fire. The suspected gunman's wife also was killed. He and a bystander were wounded.
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November 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
An Irvine man was sentenced Thursday in Nashville to 10 years in prison for trying to bring a pistol and silencer onto an airplane. Gregory C. Krug of Irvine was convicted in U.S. District Court in June of possessing a silencer, attempting to take the gun on an airplane without permission and trying to take the gun across state lines with the intent to commit murder. Federal prosecutors said Krug had plans to kill up to 15 Tennessee judges, attorneys and his sister.
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June 24, 1996 | Associated Press
A former soldier was convicted of murdering four of his co-workers at a Taco Bell restaurant during a robbery in 1994. Officials said Courtney Mathews, 21, forced the four to lie on the floor after the restaurant closed and then shot them execution-style. Mathews briefly closed his eyes and looked down Saturday after hearing he had been found guilty of four counts of murder and one count of aggravated robbery.
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June 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Ring Paulino Deng survived civil war in his native Sudan, four years of slavery and an arduous escape that eventually took him on a 6,400-mile journey to the United States. He died at age 19 with a knife in his chest outside the Nashville apartment where he had settled, the victim of a parking dispute. Family and friends can't believe his struggle ended this way. "We thought the United States was safe," said Deng's cousin, Mabior Manyok.
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March 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Memphis was a city in mourning Thursday--flags were at half-staff, bouquets of flowers were placed on fire hall steps and firefighters and law officers wore black bands across their badges. All were in memory of two firefighters and a sheriff's deputy who were slain Wednesday--allegedly by one of their comrades, firefighter Fred Williams--in a rampage that has angered and saddened this Mississippi River city.
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October 24, 1998 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Days after a much-loved Tennessee state senator was found shot to death on his hog farm, his opponent in the upcoming election was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder. Byron (Low Tax) Looper, a 34-year-old Republican known throughout the state for his run-ins with the law and his erratic behavior, hadn't been seen since Oct. 18, one day before Sen. Tommy Burks, 58, was found dead in his pickup truck, shot once above the left eye.
NEWS
April 2, 1999
A gun found last month along a highway was used to kill a state senator nearly six months ago, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concluded. The agency made the finding Wednesday after firing test bullets from the gun and comparing them to the bullet that killed state Sen. Tommy Burks. Byron (Low Tax) Looper has pleaded innocent to charges of murdering his political rival two weeks before last fall's election.
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March 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Memphis was a city in mourning Thursday--flags were at half-staff, bouquets of flowers were placed on fire hall steps and firefighters and law officers wore black bands across their badges. All were in memory of two firefighters and a sheriff's deputy who were slain Wednesday--allegedly by one of their comrades, firefighter Fred Williams--in a rampage that has angered and saddened this Mississippi River city.
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January 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A man suspected of killing three people during a three-state rampage that started with the death of a 25-year-old Oklahoma woman was arrested at a motel in Union City, Tenn. Steven Ray Thacker, 29, of Chouteau, Okla., was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice and with the theft of a vehicle, Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. He also is considered the prime suspect in the late December death of Laci Dawn Hill of Bixby, Okla.
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November 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
An Irvine man was sentenced Thursday in Nashville to 10 years in prison for trying to bring a pistol and silencer onto an airplane. Gregory C. Krug of Irvine was convicted in U.S. District Court in June of possessing a silencer, attempting to take the gun on an airplane without permission and trying to take the gun across state lines with the intent to commit murder. Federal prosecutors said Krug had plans to kill up to 15 Tennessee judges, attorneys and his sister.
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September 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A part-time cook's murderous crime spree, which terrorized fast-food restaurant workers across Tennessee in the spring of 1997, brought two more convictions in Clarksville, Tenn., with a third trial still to go. Paul Dennis Reid was already under the death penalty for two murders before he walked into Montgomery County Criminal Court, and he's scheduled to be back before a jury to face three more murder charges in November.
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August 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A 15-year-old youth in Bedford, Tenn., killed his father with a rifle, then shot and wounded his mother when he fired at the bathroom door behind which she was hiding, police said. Matthew Hardrick was captured shortly after the shooting when he crashed his family's car about 25 miles from home. Police did not say whether they knew of a possible motive. The youth was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
NEWS
April 2, 1999
A gun found last month along a highway was used to kill a state senator nearly six months ago, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concluded. The agency made the finding Wednesday after firing test bullets from the gun and comparing them to the bullet that killed state Sen. Tommy Burks. Byron (Low Tax) Looper has pleaded innocent to charges of murdering his political rival two weeks before last fall's election.
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October 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A farmhand saw the man accused of killing state Sen. Tommy Burks drive onto Burks' farm and approach the senator, then heard a pop sound and saw him speed away, according to a police affidavit. Burks, a Democratic senator, died of a single gunshot wound near his left eye. His Republican challenger, Byron (Low Tax) Looper, disappeared for four days after Burks' killing on Oct. 19. Looper was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
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October 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Democrats criticized Republican Gov. Don Sundquist for refusing to endorse the widow of slain state Sen. Tommy Burks, whose GOP opponent was charged with his killing. Sundquist has disavowed Byron (Low Tax) Looper, who remains on the ballot even though he was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder. But he balked at endorsing widow Charlotte Burks, who announced her candidacy as a write-in Democrat two days after her husband's funeral. Burks' body was found Oct.
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March 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
A single word apparently cost 81-year-old lawyer John D. Goodin his life. Goodin left out the word "stock" from a woman's will, and her ex-husband, Walter Shell, believed that omission cost him up to $100,000. On Thursday, police say, an enraged Shell went to Goodin's law office and shot him to death along with an insurance agent who happened to be there. Shell was charged with murder and jailed without bail.
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February 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Byron (Low Tax) Looper pleaded not guilty in Crossville, Tenn., to charges of killing his political rival, state Sen. Tommy Burks, two weeks before the fall election. Looper, the former county property assessor, was arrested days after Burks, 54, was killed by a single gunshot at his farm. Looper, 34, remains held without bond until prosecutors decide whether they will seek the death penalty.
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