published Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Second man is charged in slaying of James Williams, Jr.

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    Deangelo Justice, 22, was charged with first degree murder Friday, August 12, 2011 in connection of the fatal shooting of James William, Jr.

Chattanooga police have charged a second suspect in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old James Williams Jr., according to an arrest report.

The report identifies Deangelo Napoleon Justice, 22, as a second gunman in a case where Williams was shot as many as 14 times with two different caliber bullets, according to a medical examiner's report.

Williams' girlfriend, Yetta Harris, 38, also was shot numerous times in the chest and stomach but survived.

The couple entered a home at 2305 E. 17th St. and witnessed Harris' 17-year-old son being robbed and assaulted. The teen told police that after he was robbed, his two assailants robbed the couple before opening fire on both of them.

"Mr. Williams gave the subjects an unknown amount of money, hoping they would leave without further incident," the arrest report states.

Another suspect, Jerrico Hawthorne, was arrested a few weeks ago along with his girlfriend, Lequela Bailey, in a hotel.

The report states that Harris and her son positively identified Hawthorne and Justice, who has a history of arrests. In March he received a suspended two-year sentence for possession of a prohibited weapon. Charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault were dismissed, according to court records.

Justice remains in jail without bond. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 22 before General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon.

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joneses said...

I suggest everyone in this city buy a gun, get a carrying permit and always be prepared to defend yourself against these animals.

August 13, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
chattyjill said...

I suggest we turn the sentencing laws upside down. Do away with plea deals, suspended sentences and "alternative sentencing." Upon first offense of a violent or dangerous act, the convicted shall serve a mandatory steep sentence - especially for juveniles and their parents. This should serve as a strong deterrent from repeat offenses. Like touching a hot stove - get burned one good time and you'll think twice before touching it again. Suspended sentences and plea deals take the burn away from touching the stove.

August 13, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
chattyjill said...

Sure she can but all judges (and elected officials for that matter) need strong prodding from the electorate to change their behavior patterns. Chattanooga needs a Court Watch with cajones! Groups of people willing to show up in criminal court all wearing same colored shirts, email blasts, a website and editorials are needed for citizens to see behind the curtain and understand Hamilton county is way too generous with plea deals, dismissals and suspended sentences.

If every time Judge Stern gives a plea deal she heard from 30+ upset community members who wish to see their neighborhoods rid of repeat offenders, she will either change her tune or lose the next election. And if you are not contacting judges and DAs then they will continue thinking they are doing a fine enough job and collecting their tax-payer funded paychecks and putting violent criminals back into our neighborhoods.

You can send Stern to the unemployment line but the message needs to be clear that Hamilton County citizens want judges that uphold the laws but also recognize their decisions can have an impact on crime and recidivism rates.

August 13, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
rolando said...

The result of plea bargains. The DA needs to tighten up his act and his cases. He is the one who agrees to a plea...the judges merely OK it...or not -- which they too often refuse to do.

August 13, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
jesse said...

you need to be carefull badmouthin judge stern! she will put hr dog flutie on you and you will get banned like jack did!!

August 15, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
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