Lillelid Killer Involved In Jail Fight

Monday, July 7, 2003
by Bobby Rader News Director

One of the six persons convicted of the 1997 Lillelid murders in Greene County was apparently involved in an attack on a woman at the Women's State Prison in Nashville.

Natasha Wallen Cornett allegedly distracted 32-year-old Patricia Jones while convicted killer Christa Pike attacked her from behind and strangled her with a shoelace.

The 27-year-old Pike is one of two women on Tennessee's death row after being convicted of torturing and beating a woman to death when the two were Job Corps students in Knoxville in 1995.

Cornett was convicted in 1997 in the murders of Vidar, Delphina, and 5-year-old Tabitha Lillelid.

Pike could receive an additional sentence of 25 to 40 years if convicted of attempted murder in the latest case. However, any additional time would largely be academic unless her death sentence is set aside by an appeals court.

The trial on this latest attempted murder charge is scheduled for November.