By Associated Press - Sunday, November 15, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Knox County woman who was accused of killing her first husband and is serving life in prison for the murder of her second husband wants a new trial based on new evidence.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( a paramedic called to the scene of David Leath’s 2003 shooting death says he saw officers exiting the house with the gun.

Officer Joe Preston has denied touching the gun, which crime scene photos showed placed near David Leath’s hand. Prosecutors claimed this was proof Raynella Dossett Leath had staged her husband’s death to make it look like a suicide.

Less than a month after Leath was convicted in January 2010, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Steve Robinson told an investigator during a casual conversation that he saw Preston carry the gun out of the home and later take it back inside.

Robinson filed an affidavit for the defense but then recanted, saying he “misremembered” the event.

In the new affidavit, paramedic Randall Brookshire says Robinson’s initial version of events was correct.

“During the time we were attending to the deceased individual in the bedroom, there was no gun on the bed,” Brookshire wrote in the sworn affidavit.

Senior Judge Paul Summers has set a March hearing on the motion for a new trial.

Leath has also been accused of staging the 1992 death of her first husband, Knox County District Attorney Ed Dossett. His death was initially attributed to being trampled by cattle on his farm. After Leath was accused of killing her second husband, investigators began to look more closely at Dossett’s death.

Prosecutors later claimed Leath, a nurse, gave Dossett a fatal dose of morphine and staged his death. She was charged with first-degree murder, but that charge was dropped after her conviction in David Leath’s death.

Raynella Dossett Leath’s conviction in that case came during a second trial. At the first trial the jury deadlocked.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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