published Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Ringgold man indicted on murder charges in girlfriend’s death

A Ringgold man was indicted on multiple murder charges, accused of beating his girlfriend to death.

Terry Saxton, who first told police he found his live-in girlfriend, Vicki Lacombe, 55, dead at the stairway of their apartment on July 9, was later charged with her death. Lacombe, who is from Canton, Ga., had broken bones and a head injury.

A Catoosa County grand jury indicted 50-year-old Saxton on Wednesday for malice murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

In Saxton’s indictment, prosecutors said he struck Lacombe’s head and torso, then continued hitting her after she was dead.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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