(SOURCE: WVLT) - One of the three men
accused of killing Fulton football player Zaevion Dobson asked for a
change in venue Friday ahead of their upcoming first-degree murder
Christopher Bassett made the request to Knox County Criminal Court Judge
Steve Sword. He said the case was too high-profile to be tried in Knox
Sword said he would consider whether to allow new evidence that could
implicate gang activity for Bassett, Kipling Colbert Jr. and Richard
Williams III. Prosecutors said video evidence depicts the men singing a
gang-related song. Sword was expected to decide whether to allow the new
evidence on or before Nov. 3.
The trial is still scheduled to begin on Dec. 4. All three men face
first degree murder charges in the 2015 death of Dobson, who was shot
while shielding two friends from gunfire. Dobson's final act garnered
national attention, including praise from former President Barack Obama.
Dobson was honored posthumously with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at
the 2016 ESPY Awards.