Jury selection in "Drag Racing" Murde...

Jury selection in "Drag Racing" Murder trial set for Tuesday

There are 218 comments on the TriCities story from May 15, 2007, titled Jury selection in "Drag Racing" Murder trial set for Tuesday. In it, TriCities reports that:

“I think that a joint trial is the best situation for both of you whatever it's worth.”

After a day of motions, Washington County Judge Robert Cupp made the decision not to separate the trials of two defendants, Bradley Mullins and David Phillips. via TriCities

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R Bellar

Kingsport, TN

#1 May 25, 2007
It's unbelievable that David Phillips was found guilty of the same charges as bradley Mullins. He was no where near the tragic crash site. After this trial, I find it hard to have any faith in our justice system.
L McLendon

Orlando, FL

#2 Jun 3, 2007
Why is it that every time two cars are racing it is called DRAG racing. They were
street racing. DRAG racing is done on a legal dragstrip. Let's stop giving legal drag racing a bad name.As far as Phillips and Mullins. If they were found guilty of injuring and killing with their vehicles they should have to stand responsible.
BUT they weren't Drag racing if they were on the street.
flyboy

Gate City, VA

#3 Jun 6, 2007
It is DRAG RACING.....look at the definition. It is also a felony to drag race on the "streets". I would think that Warren Johnson, Big Daddy, or Mark Oswald care that it's called drag racing. The fact remains is that one beautiful girl died and another was permanently disfigured because of "Drag Racing!!
hopelesslyinlove

Tarboro, NC

#4 Jun 27, 2007
If these 2 were not racing then one of the girls would not be dead and the other serously injured it serves them right if u ask me then i think they should have to suffer the pain they did and the families maybe they didnt mean for it to happen but they should have grown ups about it and been more safer on the roads. they need to grow up
annonymous

Johnson City, TN

#5 Jul 9, 2007
hopelesslyinlove wrote:
If these 2 were not racing then one of the girls would not be dead and the other serously injured it serves them right if u ask me then i think they should have to suffer the pain they did and the families maybe they didnt mean for it to happen but they should have grown ups about it and been more safer on the roads. they need to grow up
you don't know if they were drag racing!!! get your story straight
unam

AOL

#6 Jul 16, 2007
drag race
n.
A race between two cars to determine which can accelerate faster from a standstill.
I happened to be involved with this situtaion personally, but will not disclose how.
The event did start from a red light technically making it drag racing.
I would like to add to the faith in the courts statement by explaining the political side of things.
If they were tried seperate, Mullins would have easily been found guilty of Second Degree Murder. Drag racing in TN is a felony. Any death as the result of a Felony in TN is defined as second degree murder. That case would not have been hard to convict on. Phillips would have walked off with felony wreckless endangerment (the actual charge for drag racing).
By Trying the two together the court got a heightened charge on Philips, but let a man guilty of Second Degree Murder off the hook for the more serious offense.
In my opinion it was wrong. The race was long over before the wreck occured. Mullins was fleeing from the police when he hit the CRV, not actively racing another vehicle. I feel that after Phillips exited the race by turning off the road, anything that occured after that was solely Mullins' choice. He chose to flee from the police, but given the fact that Cupp did not seperate the trail, I could not have found both guilty of second degree murder because there was NO EVIDENCE that BOTH of the plantiffs were GUILTY. I would have been comfortable handing the convictions they handed in since both were guilty of the offenses. I feel the fault in the convictions is upon the judge for trying them unfairly. I feel strongly that the family of the deceased did not get justice in the convictions because it WAS Second Degree Murder on Mullins' behalf. But I have to credit the jurors for upholding the law and not convicting and innocent Phillips of Murder.
cortfriendforeve r

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Sep 10, 2007
I have a question for all u people saying they shouldn't have got Phillips well this is not his first time killin someone or helping shall i say me and Cortney Hensley the one who passed have been friends since 1st grade and i just want to know how u would feel if u had to see her parents deal with losing a kid what if it was your kid. If u would have been in the court room everyday and had to look at those two men that killed yur best friend or your child u would not be talkin about how poor our justice system is you do not know the whole story u will never know unless you was there in that court room they have spent almost 2yrs out of jail with their families cortneys family hasn't seen or herd her voice in almost two years they may go to jail but not for long the will get out they will get to go on with their life mullins will get to have kids a family cortney will never have that she didn't even get the chance to go to her senior prom you all have no clue how it feels to not even get to see her face one last time because she was burnt so badly it wasn't even a option for her family just put yourself in her family's shoes for a just a min and feel 1 oz of there pain i promise you wouldn't be on mullins or Phillips side .
concerned

Nashville, TN

#8 Sep 21, 2007
cortfriendforever wrote:
I have a question for all u people saying they shouldn't have got Phillips well this is not his first time killin someone or helping shall i say me and Cortney Hensley the one who passed have been friends since 1st grade and i just want to know how u would feel if u had to see her parents deal with losing a kid what if it was your kid. If u would have been in the court room everyday and had to look at those two men that killed yur best friend or your child u would not be talkin about how poor our justice system is you do not know the whole story u will never know unless you was there in that court room they have spent almost 2yrs out of jail with their families cortneys family hasn't seen or herd her voice in almost two years they may go to jail but not for long the will get out they will get to go on with their life mullins will get to have kids a family cortney will never have that she didn't even get the chance to go to her senior prom you all have no clue how it feels to not even get to see her face one last time because she was burnt so badly it wasn't even a option for her family just put yourself in her family's shoes for a just a min and feel 1 oz of there pain i promise you wouldn't be on mullins or Phillips side .
Who was David Phillips supposed to have had a hand in killing before?
R Bellar

Johnson City, TN

#9 Sep 23, 2007
Just so you know, I was in the court room EVERY single day of the trial and i went in with absolutely no assumptions about anyones guilt or innocence. You are right, i dont know the loss of a child, but i do have 2 daughters of my own,one of them a teenager (can you say the same?) and i cant begin to imagine the pain her parents and sister(and her friends) must be enduring. But i have lost family to breast cancer and to heart illness and i take comfort in knowing i will see them again in the presence of God. I'm feel sorry for those of you who have brought up the ACCIDENT that David Phillips was involved in so many years ago."God says vengance will be mine He had gone to NC to buy Christmas trees and on the way back he dozed off and swurved into the oncoming lane and struck another car. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!His entire family went to the hospital to talk the lady's family. They were all heart-sick over what had happened. I think you'd be better off commenting on things that you actually know something about. And if Mr. Phillips' parents were alive today they would be just as upset. Mr. Mullins has not been in jail, but he will have to deal with the fact that he took someone's little girl away from their family.i just wanted to understand how 3 policemen that were present the night of the accident testified they never saw a red viper the night of the accident and why officer wilson lied on the stand and said he didnot put it in his report that night because he didnot know what kind of car it was.(He didnt even mention a race in his report). And how was he the one that pulled Cortney Beard from the car when but had no burns on his handsand mr mullins did? Too many unanswered questions. i think the blame wants to be placed on mr phillips because he was older and because he was driving an expensive car. Strange, i thought this was america. Mr. mullins is the one who made the choice to speed running from the police not drag racing. Mr phillips was totally aware of the police cars around in that area and made the choice not to take off. Mr. mullins was squealing and smoking his tires sitting at the red light, he saw the police flip their lights on and he panicked. and as a result of his stupidity a beautiful girl is dead and another is physically and emotionally scarred for life. im guessing since you were a friend of cortneys you are not very old. i will pray for you that as you grow you will find peace with what has happened to your friend. i always try to remember that God is always in control. i apologize if you were under the impression that i did not know what i was talking about, but im much closer to this case then im sure you ever understand. I thind of the Hensleys' often
and pray that they too can find peace someday.
R Bellar

Johnson City, TN

#10 Sep 23, 2007
concerned wrote:
<quoted text>Who was David Phillips supposed to have had a hand in killing before?
See new posting by R BELLAR
R Bellar

Johnson City, TN

#11 Sep 23, 2007
hopelesslyinlove wrote:
If these 2 were not racing then one of the girls would not be dead and the other serously injured it serves them right if u ask me then i think they should have to suffer the pain they did and the families maybe they didnt mean for it to happen but they should have grown ups about it and been more safer on the roads. they need to grow up
They were not racing. mullins was squealing and smoking his tires at the red light,
he saw a police car coming towards that flipped their blue lights on just as the light turned green, he panicked and tried to outrun the police. mr phillips was back at the light pulling out with the flow of traffic. i was there in the court room, witnessed testified to those facts
R Bellar

Johnson City, TN

#12 Sep 23, 2007
concerned wrote:
<quoted text>Who was David Phillips supposed to have had a hand in killing before?
About 15 yrs ago mr phillips was involved in a ACCIDENT where he was on his way back late at night from nc where he bought christmas trees that he sold every year to support his wife and baby. he dozed off and crossed the center lane hitting a lady . she later passed away at the hospital. mr phillips and his entire family were at the hospital to console and apologize to the womans family. it was a tradgedy.
R Bellar

Johnson City, TN

#13 Sep 23, 2007
flyboy wrote:
It is DRAG RACING.....look at the definition. It is also a felony to drag race on the "streets". I would think that Warren Johnson, Big Daddy, or Mark Oswald care that it's called drag racing. The fact remains is that one beautiful girl died and another was permanently disfigured because of "Drag Racing!!
there was no race , mullins panicked at the light because he saw the police flip their blue lights on thats why he took off like he did and thats why he never slowed down
Kris in Cali

Truckee, CA

#14 Sep 28, 2007
It's also known in that area that David has ALWAYS loved fast cars and racing them. I think he is just as guilty in this case. If he was racing, or intending to race, he is guilty. Being pulled over on the side of the road doesn't eliminate the guilty factor.
R Bellar

Kingsport, TN

#15 Oct 2, 2007
Unlike you, i base my comments on actual fact. You know nothing about David Phillips. Only what you have heard or read, so get over your self. He was not racing, was not intending to race so he is not guilty Did you know that the toxicology of these girls was one was three times over the legal limit for alcohol and the other was high on pot. I guess wal-greens has a bigger variety than they advertise. Now there's a fact for you! By the way its not a crime to like fast cars.
annonymous

Kingsport, TN

#16 Oct 2, 2007
Kris in Cali wrote:
It's also known in that area that David has ALWAYS loved fast cars and racing them. I think he is just as guilty in this case. If he was racing, or intending to race, he is guilty. Being pulled over on the side of the road doesn't eliminate the guilty factor.
if ur from Cal how do u kno a thing about david phillips?
Disagree

Townsend, GA

#17 Oct 4, 2007
I personally talked to the victim's husband who said he has NEVER been contacted by David Phillips. However, Phillips' mother did come to the hospital - once.
R Bellar wrote:
Just so you know, I was in the court room EVERY single day of the trial and i went in with absolutely no assumptions about anyones guilt or innocence. You are right, i dont know the loss of a child, but i do have 2 daughters of my own,one of them a teenager (can you say the same?) and i cant begin to imagine the pain her parents and sister(and her friends) must be enduring. But i have lost family to breast cancer and to heart illness and i take comfort in knowing i will see them again in the presence of God. I'm feel sorry for those of you who have brought up the ACCIDENT that David Phillips was involved in so many years ago."God says vengance will be mine He had gone to NC to buy Christmas trees and on the way back he dozed off and swurved into the oncoming lane and struck another car. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!His entire family went to the hospital to talk the lady's family. They were all heart-sick over what had happened. I think you'd be better off commenting on things that you actually know something about. And if Mr. Phillips' parents were alive today they would be just as upset. Mr. Mullins has not been in jail, but he will have to deal with the fact that he took someone's little girl away from their family.i just wanted to understand how 3 policemen that were present the night of the accident testified they never saw a red viper the night of the accident and why officer wilson lied on the stand and said he didnot put it in his report that night because he didnot know what kind of car it was.(He didnt even mention a race in his report). And how was he the one that pulled Cortney Beard from the car when but had no burns on his handsand mr mullins did? Too many unanswered questions. i think the blame wants to be placed on mr phillips because he was older and because he was driving an expensive car. Strange, i thought this was america. Mr. mullins is the one who made the choice to speed running from the police not drag racing. Mr phillips was totally aware of the police cars around in that area and made the choice not to take off. Mr. mullins was squealing and smoking his tires sitting at the red light, he saw the police flip their lights on and he panicked. and as a result of his stupidity a beautiful girl is dead and another is physically and emotionally scarred for life. im guessing since you were a friend of cortneys you are not very old. i will pray for you that as you grow you will find peace with what has happened to your friend. i always try to remember that God is always in control. i apologize if you were under the impression that i did not know what i was talking about, but im much closer to this case then im sure you ever understand. I thind of the Hensleys' often
and pray that they too can find peace someday.
Concerned

Johnson City, TN

#18 Oct 4, 2007
Disagree wrote:
I personally talked to the victim's husband who said he has NEVER been contacted by David Phillips. However, Phillips' mother did come to the hospital - once.
<quoted text>
Sadly, David Phillips' mother is deceased. Has been for a few years. Therefore, it isn't true that his mother went to the hospital.
annonymous

Kingsport, TN

#19 Oct 4, 2007
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
Sadly, David Phillips' mother is deceased. Has been for a few years. Therefore, it isn't true that his mother went to the hospital.
Mrs. Phillips went to heaven over 11 years ago(another person who has no idea what they are talking about.) We're talking about the accindent that happened over 20 years ago and she DID go to the hospital.
R Bellar

Kingsport, TN

#20 Oct 4, 2007
Disagree wrote:
I personally talked to the victim's husband who said he has NEVER been contacted by David Phillips. However, Phillips' mother did come to the hospital - once.
<quoted text>
Why not comment on the FACT that the 3 policemen present never mentioned a race or a red car in their reports the night of the accident ?

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