published Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Chattanooga: Judge sends slaying case to grand jury

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    Deangelo Napoleon "Fookie" Justice stands in front of Judge Bob Moon during a preliminary hearing dealing with homicide charges in relation to a home invasion at 2305 E. 17th St., where two were shot, one being killed, on July 27.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The case of two men charged with killing a 23-year-old and the woman accused of helping them is now in the hands of the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

The jury is now be tasked with determining whether Deangelo Napolean “Fookie” Justice, 22, Jerrico “Ri-Ri” Hawthorne, 24, and Laquela Bailey, 25, will be indicted in the July 27 slaying of James Williams Jr.

After a preliminary hearing this morning, General Sessions Judge Bob Moon determined there was enough evidence against the three for the case to move ahead.

Chattanooga police say Hawthorne and Justice shot Williams as many as 14 times with two guns on July 27, according to Times Free Press archives.

Officers arrested Hawthorne and Bailey at the Motel 6 at 7707 Lee Highway on July 30 and Justice on Aug. 10 at a 1900 Burton St. apartment.

Hawthorne and Justice both face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and three counts of especially aggravated robbery in connection with Williams’ death.

Bailey has been charged with accessory after the fact, meaning that police suspect she helped either Hawthorne, Justice or both men following the crime.

On July 27, police went to the 2305 E. 17th St. home of Yetta Harris just before midnight to find Williams and Harris, 38, riddled with gunshot wounds, according to court documents, archives show.

Harris’ sons — Jeffrey Dunnigan, 18, and a 7-year-old boy — were inside when the shooting happened. They weren’t injured, but Harris, Williams’ girlfriend, still is recovering from her injuries.

Dunnigan told police he was walking into the home when two black males holding semiautomatic pistols rushed him and demanded money. One of the pair shocked him with a Taser-like device as each punched and kicked him, he told police.

Harris and Williams arrived home during the assault. Williams gave the attackers some money so they would leave. The men shot both Harris and Williams, Dunnigan said.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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ChattanoogaVol said...

When will the News Free Press do a story (and put it smack dab on the front page) on all the scum in this city who are allowed to walk the streets to cause more mayhem and destruction despite their criminal history? Is it our judges who are letting these low lifes walk? Is it the prosecutors getting plea deals for them? Is it our sentencing laws being way to lenient? Is it a combination of the three? Is it something else? Just look at the criminal records of these two pieces of trash and tell me why they were even walking the streets and given an opportunity to commit these heinous crimes.

Lately, I've made it a point to pull up the court records of those that make the news for committing crimes in our city, and time and time again these low rent pieces of trash have already been arrested multiple times in the past on numerous, and many times violent charges.

When will the insanity end?

August 30, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
rolando said...

When we start shooting the scum breaking into our homes, ChattVol. No second offenders that way.

The word to leave you alone will get out.

August 30, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
tderng said...

here,here rolando!! A twelve gauge sawed-off shotgun with buckshot means no second chance,no plea bargain,no worry about a lenient leftist judge!

August 30, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
rolando said...

Cop stops a Texan in an old pickup and approaches the driver's door.

The driver opens the window and calmly tells the cop he has a .357 holstered on his belt but will do exactly what the officer tells him to do.

The cop asks him if he has any more firearms; he answers, "Yes. A .380 auto in my boot and a .45ACP in the glove box."

The cop is surprised and asks if he has any other firearms, to which the guy answers, "Yes. A 12-gauge coach gun and an AR-15 in the box in back."

The cop then says, "Good Lord! What are you afraid of?"

The guy says, "Not a dman thing."

August 30, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
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