published Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Court denies appeals for family of convicted killer Jesse Mathews

Jesse Mathews, accused of killing Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin in 2011, was brought before Judge Barry Steelman for a hearing Friday concerning ongoing federal issues presented by Mathews' attorneys.
Jesse Mathews, accused of killing Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin in 2011, was brought before Judge Barry Steelman for a hearing Friday concerning ongoing federal issues presented by Mathews' attorneys.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA — The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Wednesday denied the appeals for the family of convicted killer Jesse Mathews.

The appeals for Ray Vance Mathews (his father), Rachel Mathews (sister), Kathleen Mathews (mother) and James David Poteete (Rachel Mathews' boyfriend) were denied because they signed waivers as part of their plea agreements.

The waivers barred any appeals that the defendants might have exercised.

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