It's a case that shocked the community.Many people, including Vol State students, watched as the trial of Lindsey Lowe, a Hendersonville woman charged with the murder of her newborn twins, played out on national television.
After winning the case, Sumner County District Attorney General, Ray Whitley, spoke to Vol State students about the case. Paralegal Studies director Loretta Calvert asked Whitley to speak to her students.
“Loretta said that the criminal justice and paralegal students were dying to hear first-hand and I wanted to speak about it while it was fresh on my mind,” said Whitley.
Students who attended the Q and A were not disappointed, because Whitley was open about the case and his feeling about Lindsey Lowe and her babies.
“It’s good to let people know how it is on the front line and let people know what we have to go through to present a case. It's an enormous amount of work,” Whitley said.
Lowe was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse of her twin sons after they were born in September of 2011. A jury found her guilty of two counts each of felony first degree murder, felony premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. The judge has sentenced her to life in prison for the counts of murder. The case was carried live on the TruTV cable network.
Whitley has been on the advisory board of the Vol State Paralegal Studies since the 1990’s, and works closely with Loretta Calvert. He wants to make sure students are aware of the laws and the consequences for breaking them.
“I always say learn as much as you can about the law, because you can always apply everyday situations to the law and make the right decisions, and know what your focus is and what your goals should be,” said Whitley.