Mayor Dean testifies in murder appeal - WKRN News 2

Mayor Dean testifies in murder appeal

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2013 05:13 PM
Steven McCain, 37, was convicted of killing two people in 1998. Steven McCain, 37, was convicted of killing two people in 1998.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean testified Tuesday. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean testified Tuesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean took the stand Tuesday in a murder appeal hearing.

Dean, who served as Nashville's public defender from 1990 to 1999, is one of the three former attorneys for Steven McCain.

McCain was convicted in 1998 of shooting and killing two men on Shadow Lane in Inglewood during a drug dispute. He is serving two consecutive life sentences.

On Tuesday, Nashville lawyer David Collins told a judge that two important documents were never considered in McCain's defense.

Dean took the stand to answer questions about his work as Public Defender on the case.

"You don't recall seeing those reports before today?" Collins asked Dean.  

"I don't recall seeing the reports, and I don't recall ever having a conversation around those witnesses.  But again, I can't reconstruct what documents were given in what order," said Dean.

Collins also argued key witnesses never took the stand in McCain's defense.

"It's not for me to decide, but I would say we did our best.  And I would say that Ms. Bell and Ms. Tucker were and are very good lawyers," said Dean.

Judge Randall Wyatt will review the arguments and likely make a ruling in the next few weeks.

McCain contends he did not kill either victim and only shot one man once in self defense.

The Tennessee Supreme Court denied a previous appeal by McCain in 2002.

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