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Closing arguments heard in trial of Morristown man who choked foster son

Staff Report • Oct 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE - For five minutes, the only sound in the Hawkins County Circuit Court courtroom was the humming of a small black fan.

At the end of each full minute, District Attorney General Berkeley Bell marked the time lapse aloud: "One minute ... two minutes ... three minutes ... four minutes ... five minutes."

That, Bell asserted, is how long Kenneth Wayne Taylor spent choking his 16-year-old foster son, Jordan Kaleb Shelton - and why he should be convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse for the boy's death.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Web site.

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