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Ga. Dentist Hires New Defense Team

January 5, 2005

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ An area dentist suspected in the shooting death of his wife has hired a new defense team who will ask to have the case moved before it goes to a grand jury Wednesday.

Barton Corbin, who was recently indicted in the slaying of a former girlfriend 14 years ago, has not been charged in the death of his wife, Jennifer. She was found on Dec. 4 at the couple’s Buford home, and Gwinnett County police initially thought her death was a suicide.

After Jennifer Corbin’s death, Corbin was under police scrutiny. He was arrested Dec. 22 and charged with felony and malice murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Dorothy ``Dolly″ Hearn in 1990.

Corbin’s defense team filed a motion in Gwinnett County Court claming he would eventually be charged with murder in the death of his wife and the current case should be moved due to publicity.

Hearn was dating Corbin, a fellow dental student at the Medical College of Georgia, in 1990 when she was found dead by her roommate at their home. A .38-caliber handgun her father had given her for protection was found in her lap.

Corbin’s attorneys have maintained their client’s innocence in the deaths of both women. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter has said he is unsure how the charges will affect the case.

The Corbins’ sons, Dalton, 7, and Dillon, 5, are in the court-ordered temporary custody of their aunt and uncle, Heather Tierney and Doug Tierney. Heather Tierney is Jennifer Corbin’s youngest sister.

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