A 33-year-old Chattanooga man charged with attempted murder and shot when he pointed a weapon toward a police officer in a 2012 gambling raid had a separate rape charge dismissed today.
Clifford Jamar Billups had faced a charge of aggravated statutory rape based on testimony from a female juvenile who told police she’d had consensual sex with Billups multiple times from 2009 to 2010.
In Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern’s courtroom this morning prosecutor Brian Finlay told the judge that the alleged victim had recanted her testimony, saying the incidents never happened.
Billups faces gambling, assault, reckless endangerment and attempted murder charges and a May trial based on events at an illegal poker game police raided in April 2012.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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 ...