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Appeals court affirms Kingsport murderer's conviction

Rain Smith • May 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the conviction and

sentencing of a Kingsport murderer.

In June of 2006 Michael D. Fields reportedly entered the Arbor Place garage

apartment of Glen Thacker, 26, and Asiah Foster-Walton, 20.

Investigators believe the incident was drug-related, with Fields brutally

beating the pair with a baseball bat and leaving them to die, making off with

cocaine and pills.

In April of 2010 a Sullivan County jury found Fields guilty on two counts of

first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree felony murder and two counts of

especially aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to life without parole.

In his appeal of the trial and sentencing Fields cited more than 100 alleged

factors: from prosecutorial misconduct and the judge's failure to recuse

himself, to being outfitted with a stun belt and denial of his motions for a


On Tuesday the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals said they have found no

errors in their review of the trial and sentencing, thus the judgments are


Shortly before the double-murder conviction Fields was sentenced to life in

prison for the 2004 stabbing death of an Indiana woman at Kingsport’s Ballis

Tourist Home. He has also appealed that judgement, with the state's court of

appeals yet to offer an opinion.

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