A hearing for Michael Crumpton, charged with criminal homicide in connection with the beating and strangulation death of 42-year-old Victoria Godwin, has move to June 21.
Witnesses told police they heard a woman screaming at the Emma Wheeler public housing complex June 7, telling Crumpton to stop. There was the sound of glass breaking.
Witnesses saw Crumpton run out of the apartment and found Godwin’s body lying on the floor.
A medical examiner’s report showed grapefruit-sized bruises on Godwin’s head.
Crumpton, an ex-con, served more than 17 years in federal prison on weapons-related charges, according to federal court records.
In April, he was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault after he knocked his wife’s front teeth loose, according to a Chattanooga police report. The case was dismissed when she failed to show up for court.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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 ...