published Friday, February 11th, 2011

3rd person present at Marion County shooting, sheriff says

There were three people in Marion County slaying victim Kenneth Hudson’s truck when he was shot Monday, officials say.

Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett would not identify the third person, but he said that person was interviewed Friday, helping authorities piece together some of the events that unfolded on Monday that left Hudson dead and suspect Jarrod Pickett on the run.

Pickett, 26, was arrested Wednesday on charges of felony murder in connection with the shooting.

Investigators earlier in the week said a juvenile or juveniles were at the scene of the shooting, but Burnett since has refused to comment on the presence of juveniles.

More interviews are planned Monday, and Pickett faces a preliminary hearing next week.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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