Associated Press-- A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that a former Fort Campbell soldier convicted of taking part in the execution-style shootings at a Taco Bell in Clarksville had shoddy legal representation and should get a new trial.
Judge Norma McGee Ogle ordered the case of 39-year-old David Gene Housler sent back to Montgomery County Circuit Court. Ogle concluded that Housler's attorneys failed to challenge several aspects of a plea agreement that collapsed and testimony against Housler.
Housler and another former soldier, Courtney B. Matthews, were convicted of first-degree murder for the 1994 slayings of Kevin Campbell, Patricia Price, and Angela Wyatt and Marsha Klopp.
Ogle's ruling upholds a decision by Judge John Gasaway. No new trial date has been set. Housler, who was from Radcliff, Ky., is free on bond.