published Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Court date moved for Man charged in Brainerd double shooting

A 22-year-old Chattanooga man accused of shooting a man to death at a Brainerd Road gas station now has a July 3 hearing on murder charges.

Stephen Hill was scheduled for a preliminary hearing this morning, but it was postponed.

Hill is charged with criminal homicide, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlicensed weapon carry in the June 1 shooting.

Gregory Watkins was shot at least 12 times while sitting in his Toyota Corolla at the Delta Express at 3410 Brainerd Road. The shots also struck Lashonda Gonzalez, but her wounds were not life-threatening.

She told police a man known as "Black Magic" shot through the window of the car and identified Hill as the suspect.

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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