The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to hear murderer Jerry Ray Davidson’s appeal for post-conviction relief. Davidson is currently on death row for the 1995 kidnapping and murder of Virginia “Jenny” Jackson of Dickson. Davidson, who turned 70 earlier this month, is appealing Judge Robert Burch’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief, which was upheld by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. On June 14, the Supreme Court granted a hearing for Davidson’s petition for a writ of certiorari and set a deadline of July 15 for his attorneys to file their written briefs. In his petition, Davidson seeks relief from his 1996 convictions for first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, for which he received the death penalty and 20 years, respectively, based on ineffective representation, testimony by forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Harlan, the court’s denial of a change of venue, improper jury selection, prosecutorial misconduct, improper jury instructions and the fact that his trial lawyers visited the motel where the jury was sequestered during the trial. Davidson, who lived with his mother on McKenzie Avenue in Dickson when he was arrested, was convicted of kidnapping Jackson after offering her a ride home from Bronco’s Bar on Highway 46 the night of Sept. 26, 1995. Two deer hunters found her partially buried body Oct. 19 in the woods near the Dickson-Houston county line. Her head and hand had been severed and were never found and her torso had been sliced open. Davidson claimed he had dropped Jackson off in the Kroger parking lot but several pieces of evidence linked him to a campsite near where Jackson’s body was found. Davidson had three previous convictions for sexual assaults and had spent time confined in a mental institution. Jackson’s death led her cousin, then-State Representative Doug Jackson, to file legislation expanding and strengthening Tennessee’s sex offender registry. In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed Davidson’s convictions and death sentence. Tennessee has currently halted all executions while the state reviews its lethal injection protocol.