Capital murder case continues

The future of Thomas Doyle Crowe is now in the hands of the jury. Crowe, 34, of Blount County, is charged with capital murder during the course of burglary, robbery, and arson. Crowe entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and has been on trial in the Blount County Courthouse for the past two weeks.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is seeking the death penalty in the case.

Casey and defense attorney Bob Bentley finished with their closing arguments yesterday. Today, the jury will begin their deliberation.

In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day 2009, the body of Marvin Allen Dailey, 71, was found in a burned-out house near Highland Lake on County Road 29. A few days later, Crowe and Toni Michelle Collins, 36, of Marshall County, were arrested and charged with the murder of Dailey.

Collins pleaded guilty and has received a life sentence. She agreed to testify against Crowe. Her testimony, including cross examination, lasted more than a day.