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More changes take place at new DA's office

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There was another shakeup at the Nashville District Attorney's office Tuesday.

Leticia Alexander, who spent nine years at the DA's office, was fired Tuesday morning. She was a prosecutor on the on the Vanderbilt rape case.

Alexander is the latest firing since DA Glenn Funk took office last Thursday.

"No explanation whatsoever, no notice whatsoever," said Earnie Hickerson, a 21-year veteran Juvenile Court assistant DA.

Hickerson was fired last Friday, along with 30-year veteran Karen Fentress and domestic violence giants Hugh Ammerman, Sarah Davis and Sara Beth Myers.

"I think people that are in the victims advocacy, especially domestic violence right now, they're crushed because they knew the stellar work of the attorneys," said Verna Wyatt with Tennessee Voices for Victims

While Wyatt said she is sad to see the experience walk out the door, she's also optimistic about who Funk is bringing in.

"He has a plan," Wyatt said. "He has a heart for helping victims and he's a smart man. I think we all just need to take a couple of steps back and give him a chance to do his job and the things that he's promised. I feel confident that he's going to fulfill his promises."

Funk has already doubled the number of assistant DAs prosecuting domestic violence.

Many have questioned whether these terminations were politically motivated. All but one of those fired supported Funk's opponent, Rob McGuire. Alexander was even featured in one of his campaign ads.

Funk would not discuss specifics about why some have been let go.

"I'm not going to discuss the reasons why I've made the hiring decisions out of respect to the people who have left the office," he said.

So far, seven attorneys have left of their own accord. Six have been fired, along with two support staff. Funk has hired 11 new people.

"I'm trying to build a team of lawyers here in the DA's office that I know support my vision," Funk said. "And it will be the best law firm in Nashville."

Funk's new hires include:

Derry Harper, former assistant district attorney, former assistant U.S. attorney, worked for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Jude Santana, former assistant district attorney in Rutherford County

Ed Ryan, former assistant district attorney and recently in private practice

Doug Thurman, former assistant district attorney and recently in private practice

Vince Wyatt, recently in private practice, was unsuccessful in May Democratic Primary for General Sessions Judge, son of Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt.

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