published Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Grand jury indicts Chattanooga woman in teen's stabbing death

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A murder charge against a 24-year-old Chattanooga woman now moves to Criminal Court after a grand jury indicted her on evidence that she stabbed and killed a teenage girl with a pair of scissors.

Temekia Deshon Reed faces one count of first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 19, 2011, stabbing death of 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson.

Reed is scheduled to appear before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern on March 2.

General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon, now deceased, sent the charge to the grand jury after a Jan. 10 hearing.

In the hearing, Moon revoked Reed's previous probation on an unrelated drug charge and set a $1 million bond on the murder charge.

At the March hearing, Reed and her attorney, Bill Speek, will speak with the judge and prosecutor about planning for a possible trial.

Court records show that Reed, her sisters, Derrecka Witcher, Demisha Reed and Marquita Reed, and their mother, Natalia Reed, took part in a brawl at the College Hill Courts public housing complex. The fight grew out of an argument over $20 allegedly owed to Natalia Reed for baby-sitting.

During the fight, police say Temekia Reed stabbed Vinson in the chest with a pair of purple-handled scissors.

Vinson died shortly after the stabbing.

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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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