Lawyers want murder suspect transferred from Hamilton County Jail

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Lawyers for a Chattanooga man accused of murder are concerned about his treatment at the Hamilton County jail and want him to be transferred.

Steven Moore, Courtney High’s attorney, says he is being beaten by guards.

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High is one of the men who could face the death penalty in Bianca Horton’s murder.

Horton was set to testify in Cortez Sims murder trial.

According to a motion filed in criminal court, High’s lawyers state he has been condemned to death row before being convicted. It says High is in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, not allowed to shower daily, and has been denied adequate medical care and mental health treatment.



“I have been practicing a long time and I have had numerous death penalty cases before, the way he is being treated is actually worse in my experience than people who are actually on death row,” Moore said.

High told his lawyers he was recently beaten by guards.

“If the allegation he has made that I have filed in this motion that he was dragged out of his cell in the middle of the night by four more guards beaten and tased. What is going to happen the next time? Am I going to get a phone call that they found him dead. So we are seriously concerned about his safety while he is there,” Moore said.

A judge will decide whether there will be a hearing about this.

 

We reached out to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and they told us they can’t comment because this is an ongoing investigation.