published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Jury selection begins in murder trial of Emmett Jones and Roderick Bates

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    Emmett "D Baby" Jones and Roderick "Poo Poo" Bates

The murder trial of two Chattanooga men charged in a 2011 shooting death began a day late due to Monday's cold weather.

Emmett "D Baby" Jones and Roderick "Poo Poo" Bates, both 27, face charges of first-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary in the Oct. 7, 2011 shooting death of Reginald Clark, 37.

Witnesses previously testified in a hearing shortly after the incident that Jones and Bates went to Clark's Greenwood Drive home at 3 a.m. and shot him following a fight at the 807 Fire & Ice nightclub on Market Street.

The trial was to begin Tuesday but was delayed when Hamilton County General Sessions and Criminal Court closed for inclement weather Monday.

Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman told attorneys he expects that the trial will last into next week. It is scheduled for full days today and Thursday, a partial day Friday and to begin again Tuesday.

Seventy-two jurors were called for attorneys to select a 12-member jury likely with two alternates.

For more 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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