From Post staff reports
The woman who was convicted for the murder of two local law officers on July 9, 2003 will be back in court in Wilson County today to file a post conviction relief petition in hopes of a new trial.
According to testimony in the 2004 trial, Fallon Tallent, then 21, was speeding down Interstate 40 at 120 mph when she struck two officers after they had placed a “spike strip” across the highway in order to puncture her tires and end the chase that began two hours before in Knoxville.
Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John W. Musice were killed in the accident.
At Tallent’s sentencing in August 2004, Judge John Wooten Jr. imposed two consecutive life sentences on her. According to the State Department of Corrections guidelines, Tallent, now 27, would not become eligible for early release for 80 years or until she is 102 years old.
Tallent is said to be testifying at her trial today, which will be held in the Musice Criminal Justice Center, named in honor of the fallen officer.
Post conviction petitions are generally based on such allegations as ineffective legal assistance in the original trial or prosecutorial misconduct, according to legal experts. It
If Tallent’s petition is not granted by Wooten, she could appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals and then to the Tennessee State Supreme Court.