The man convicted of gunning down Bristol, Tennessee Police Officer Mark Vance wants a new trial. Attorneys for Nickolus Johnson officially made the request in a Sullivan County courtroom Thursday. Johnson shot and killed Officer Vance during a domestic disturbance in November 2004. A Sullivan County jury convicted him of murder and sentenced him to death in 2007.
According to the motion filed by Johnson's attorneys, Judge Jerry Beck made more than 20 errors during Johnson's trial and subsequent sentencing. Among those supposed mistakes: the judge's denial of a change of venue request, his failure to order an adequate competency evaluation, and his denial of a motion to dismiss the death penalty sentence.