published Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Slaying victim shot 14 times in Chattanooga

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James Williams Jr. was pronounced dead at Erlanger hospital after his body was riddled with 14 bullet holes, according to a Hamilton County medical examiner's report.

Williams, 23, was at home on East 17th Street when he was shot on July 27. His girlfriend, Yetta Harris, 38, also was shot in the chest and stomach, but she is expected to recover, authorities said.

Jerrico Hawthorne, 24, faces charges of murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and three counts of especially aggravated robbery in connection with the incident.

The medical examiner's report shows most of the wounds hit the middle of Williams' torso, with a few dotting his arms and legs. It appears most of the bullets remained in Williams' body, according to the report.

Hawthorne was identified by witnesses on the scene and arrested last weekend at a Motel 6 at 7707 Lee Highway.

He went into the 17th Street home, demanding money, according to police.

Narcotics also were found inside the residence, police said.

Hawthorne's girlfriend, Lequela Lanette Bailey, 25, faces a charge of accessory after the fact after she did not turn him in to police. She was found inside the hotel room with him, according to arrest reports.

Hawthorne's next court date is Aug. 9 before General Sessions Court Judge Robert Moon.

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bodyshopgirl said...

I say take all the government housing put it all together on one side of town and let these worthless lazy bast*rds kill each other women and children too. The women are just as bad as the men and their children are just gonna grow up to be like their parents. Im sick of my hard earned dollars going towards their rent and utilities and grocerys. Im struggling while this trash is driving around in brand new escalades selling drugs.

August 4, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
5v5 said...

Any heartless bastard that could write views such as the following could not know the JESUS CHRIST as SAVIOR and LORD.... these to are GOD creation to the GLORY of CHRIST, but the failure is on the behalf from you three to start and the lack of Christian evangelizing to the lost. If Christ were to take His hand off of your lifes you too would do the same thing and be in the same condition of heart. Consider these your children and family members..... but you write and give such sentences without doing the work of witnessing to the lost

August 5, 2011 at 2:01 a.m.
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