DA: Possible conflict of interest cited in double murder case

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CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – District Attorney Tony Clark confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Board of Professional Responsibility has been contacted about a possible conflict of interest in the case of a man accused in the double murder of a Sullivan County couple.

Clark said Eric Azotea’s new court date has been set for June 1 to determine if there is a conflict of interest in regards to Azotea’s current defense attorney, Steve Finney.

According to Clark, Finney prosecuted Azotea on a carjacking charge when he was working for the DA’s office back in 2003-2004.

Clarks said one factor in pursuing the death penalty is Azotea’s criminal history.

He said he’s reached out to the Board of Professional Responsibility, but has not received clarification and is checking back with the board.

Clark said if the board finds a conflict of interest, Finney will have to be moved.

The judge said Azotea’s trial could be as late as Summer or Fall of 2017.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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