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Appeals court affirms Kingsport murderer's conviction

May 3rd, 2013 8:35 am by Rain Smith

Appeals court affirms Kingsport murderer's conviction

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
mistrial.


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
affirmed.


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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