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Sumner judge recuses himself from Tackett murder trial

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A Sumner County judge has taken himself off the bench of an upcoming murder trial.

Judge Dee David Gay had been set to preside over the trial of Tyrone Tackett next month.

Tackett is charged with hiring someone to kill his wife, Salena Tackett, only a few days after they married in 2003.

Police arrested Tyrone Tackett in 2011 for solicitation to commit murder. His wife's body has never been found.

Now, Tyrone Tackett's defense attorney says he has documents that show Gay advised detectives on the case, while serving as an assistant district attorney.

"Now that I know, and everybody knows, for me to proceed over the trial proceedings here, I think it would undermine confidence in the judicial system. Again, I don't like it. I don't like the timing, but I'm following the law," Gay said.

Gay is recommending a senior judge rule over the trial.

The ruling postpones Tackett's trial for a third time. Now, it may be next year before he'll see the courtroom again.

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