Convicted Felon Denied New Trial

John O’Keefe Varner

John O’Keefe Varner

A circuit court judge denied a request for a new trial by a man sentenced to life without parole in the state prison Wednesday in Coffee County Circuit Court. John O’Keefe Varner was convicted of the charges in July by a Coffee County Circuit Court jury on charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Varner was on the TBI’s Most Wanted list when he was arrested in October 2014 in Las Vegas. He was accused of shooting a Manchester resident following a verbal altercation and Varner continued shooting at the victim as he ran away.
He had previously been convicted of two separate murders from the early 1990s.