published Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Man accused of Chattanooga murder stays in jail on $1.7 million bond

A man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in two separate shootings will remain in jail on a $1.7 million bond, a judge ruled today.

Devante Stoudemire, 20, has a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on the murder charge, plus charges of especially aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy. The charges are in connection with the shooting death of 38-year-old Steve Mosley on Monday.

In Criminal Court today, Judge Barry Steelman declined to revoke or reduce a bond he set on Stoudemire’s first-degree murder charge in a 2010 killing, saying prosecutors had weak evidence on the charge and it was on the verge of being dismissed.

Steelman told prosecutors that the $1.7 million bond should keep Stoudemire in jail, if they were worried about him fleeing or being a danger to the community.

Stoudemire will be back before Steelman on July 12, when the judge may set a trial date on the 2010 charge.

In that case, Stoudemire, a member of the Gangsta Disciples, is accused of killing JerMichael Richardson. Last fall, Steelman lowered Stoudemire’s bond in the case from $350,000 to $75,000.

Stoudemire was out on bond Monday afternoon when Mosley was gunned down inside a duplex on North Hawthorne Street during a botched robbery involving drugs, according to police.

As part of Stoudemire’s bond conditions from the 2010 case, he was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. When he was taken into custody, he was not wearing the bracelet, according to police.

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

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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