Christa Gail Pike in court trying to avoid death

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Christa Gail Pike is back in a Knox County courtroom this afternoon, trying to avoid her death sentence.

Pike is convicted of torturing and killing Knoxville Job Corps student Colleen Slemmer in 1995.

Last December, a judge in the case set aside this week to hear from witnesses on a motion to get Pike's death sentence removed.

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