Death row inmate looks to appeal attempted murder conviction

Death row inmate looks to appeal attempted murder conviction (Image 1)

Tennessee's only female on death row appeared in court on Monday for a hearing to appeal her conviction of attempted first degree murder for trying to kill a fellow inmate.

Christa Pike is accused of trying to strangle inmate Patricia Jones with a shoe lace in 2004.

Authorities previously said Jones was unconscious when Pike was pulled off of her.

According to Pike's lawyers she was acting in self defense at the time of the incident.

Jones admitted to tormenting and threatening Pike.

“I would kill her to save the state some money,” Jones said. 

After five hours of testimony, Pike claimed to be suffering from a migraine and her hearing was postponed to a undetermined later date.

Pike was sentenced to death in March of 1996 for murdering 19-year-old Colleen Slemmer in Knoxville in 1995 when Slemmer showed an interest in her boyfriend, Tadaryl Shipp.

Last month, two men were charged after it was determined they were trying to help her escape from jail.

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