published Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Chattanooga: Kendrick's children uncertain of father's fate

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    Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press Edward T. Kendrick III listens Friday at the Hamilton County Court's Building as his attorney questions a witness during their attempt to get a new trial for Kendrick. Kendrick was convicted of murdering his wife in 1994.

The children of a man convicted in a 1994 murder trial have different impressions of how multiple hearings for him went this week.

Whitley Evans, 21, daughter of Edward T. Kendrick III, said she thinks the hearings on Monday, Thursday and Friday moved her father closer to his goal of a new trial.

But Endia Kendrick, 21, and Edward Kendrick, 20, whose mother the elder Kendrick was convicted of killing, said the week's events made them more confident their father would stay in jail for the rest of his life.

That's the sentence given by a Hamilton County jury that convicted him in 1994 of first-degree murder. Kendrick has appealed his conviction multiple times, with mixed success.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole scheduled further hearings in the case for Feb. 21.

Local attorneys Hank Hill and Jerry Summers will be called as witnesses in the upcoming hearings. Hill represented Kendrick in the original trial and Summers represented him in the appeal.

In this week's hearings, Kendrick's current attorney, Jeffrey Schaarschmidt, retraced testimony of witnesses in the original trial, trying to prove Kendrick's claim that he did not have effective legal counsel.

"Hopefully the judge will conclude, as we did, that Mr. Kendrick deserves a new trial," Schaarschmidt said following Friday's hearing.

Prosecutor Lance Pope declined to comment on an ongoing case.

On Friday, Schaarschmidt questioned Tennessee Bureau of Investigation forensic scientist Russ Davis, asking about tests the agency performed to see if Kendrick had fired a weapon.

Davis explained that tests for the presence of chemicals related to the firing of a gun can result in three determinations -- absent, inconclusive or present. Absent and inconclusive do not mean that the person did not fire a weapon, he said.

Kendrick maintains he did not fire the Remington 7400 .30-06 rifle that killed his wife, saying it "went off" as he was moving it.

Witnesses testified in the first trial that Kendrick came to the Lee Highway BP Oil Store on March 6, 1994, and asked his wife, a store employee, to come outside. Moments later, witnesses heard an explosion. One man said he looked outside and saw Kendrick standing over his wife saying, "I told you so," about six times.

Kendrick drove away on Airport Road and threw the rifle from the car. Later, he stopped at the airport and called police, who came and arrested him.

Contact staff writer Todd South at or 423-757-6347.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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Love said...

It gets better by the day for the TRUTH be told that Chattanooga has done a BLACK man wrong to start with! Edward's children belong to him and at the end they will see and will be better to have at least one parent than not have one at all! My heart goes out to all his children that need him. May the good Lord guide everyone to do what is right!

February 12, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
Happy_Day said...

Lets not forget this BLACK MAN did kill this woman. Does anyone ever think about that? Hmmmm He took her from her kids, her family & not one time does he ever voice regret, remorse or anything like that. He only talks about how he was wronged, didn't get the right council, blah, blah blah..... You don't take a gun to an argument if you don't mean to use it. No one but Mr Edward Kendrick III put that gun in his hand, drove him to her job & put it in her face. He is only upset that he didn't get off with the perfect crime. If it were such an accident he wouldn't have drove off & threw it out the window. Anyone who has watched enough CSI, 1st 48 or hell even Dateline could see guilt all in that action.
While the good Lord is guiding let Him guide Edward to admit to what he did wrong & accept what punishment he has received. His children did nothing & received the ultimate in punishment by losing their mother.

February 14, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
tbyrd said...

Do you really think that it was an accident? By reading the articles it does not sound like an accident at all. I'm going to be honest Lisa Kendrick was my aunt. Happy Day you are right his children did nothing to deserve growing up without their mother. Lisa was a very caring compassionate mother, daughter,sister and aunt. It's not that a Black Man killed his wife, it is a supposed loving father killed his children's mother. Well if you love your children then why hurt them the way that he did. I have sat in that court room everyday and hearing the same thing time after time. He did it point blank. He killed Lisa and nothing will ever change my mind that he did do it in cold blood. I can tell you that his children Endia and Edward want nothing to do with their father. That is not the family saying that it is them. We have always given them the choice to have a relationship with Edward but they are the ones that don't want to. We have always gave them the choice to want they believe happen that night. Edward has never showed any remorse for what he did! If I accidently shot the person that I love I would move heaven and hell to get them help! I would not drive from the crime secne while throwing the gun out of the window.For that matter I would not carry a loaded 30.06 rifle in the car with my children.

March 1, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
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