published Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Chattanooga courtroom crowded for hearing on fatal shooting of Howard School sophomore

Officer Carl Fields testifies Tuesday in Judge Clarence Shattuck's courtroom during a preliminary hearing for Courtney Birt.
Officer Carl Fields testifies Tuesday in Judge Clarence Shattuck's courtroom during a preliminary hearing for Courtney Birt.
Photo by Jay Bailey /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A juvenile witness testified in court this morning that she saw an 18-year-old Chattanooga man shoot a Howard School sophomore at an abandoned house on Carr Street on March 5.

The witness said Courtney Birt was arguing with Lamunta Williams when he pulled a gun out of his pocket. The witness said she tried to take the gun out of his hand, but Birt fired several shots at Williams.

The juveniles were among witnesses who testified in Hamilton County General Sessions Court during a preliminary hearing for Birt before Judge Clarence Shattuck.

The courtroom is packed with spectators.

Birt, a documented Bounty Hunter Bloods gang member, faces a criminal homicide charge.

Shattuck sent the case to the grand jury. Birt will remain in Hamilton County jail with no bond set.

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

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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