Rockholt Guilty On All Counts In Road Rage Case

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Lance Rockholt is led away. Click to enlarge.
Lance Rockholt is led away. Click to enlarge.
- photo by John Wilson

A Walker County jury on Thursday afternoon found Lance Rockholt guilty on all counts in the "road rage" shooting of Mark Pickett.

Rockholt, 36, was convicted of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Rockholt was given a life prison sentence plus five years in connection with the incident last Oct. 28 in Chattanooga Valley.

Rockholt's earlier felony conviction was for aggravated assault in April 1990.

Mr. Pickett was shot after he stopped his vehicle on Chattanooga Valley Road and went back toward the Rockholt vehicle. His two children were in the victim's vehicle.

The defense sought to show that a female passenger in the Rockholt car, Lea Hird, had fired the fatal shots and that the victim had been driving erratically and had gone up to the Rockholt vehicle cursing. Ms. Hird took the witness stand and denied firing the gun.

The jury was out two and a half hours.

Judge Kristina Connelly presided over the trial, which began Monday.

The Pickett family left the courthouse without commenting.

The Picketts that night were on their way from a festival at Brainerd Baptist Church to their home at Cloudland, Ga.

A daughter testified that the road rage problem started when her father was driving near Ridgeland High School and accidentally cut in front of a vehicle that he had not seen.

Rockholt's mother and son stand outside court
Rockholt's mother and son stand outside court
- Photo2 by John Wilson

Dalton Police Department Investigates “Tagging” At Creative Arts Guild

The Creative Arts Guild is home to many works of art, but some uninvited and unwelcome displays that appeared on the grounds over the weekend have the Dalton Police Department investigating.  Several instances of graffiti “tagging” at the Waugh Street facility were reported to police on Monday. The graffiti tags are all painted in black spray paint and some include the words ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARNOLD, TOMIKIA L     420 CHURCH STREET ATHENS, 37303     26     Chattanooga          Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) BLACK, ROBIN L     822 MCCALLIE AVE APT 614 CHATTANOOGA, 37402     35 ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)

Stone Leaves South Pitt For Coaching Positions At Boyd-Buchanan

The possibility of a career move was definitely in Wes Stone’s future. The one he took wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen just a few weeks ago. Stone, assistant football and head baseball coach at South Pittsburg, has left the Pirates for teaching/coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan. The 38-year-old Stone, who already is working with the Bucs’ football team as a defensive ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)