Attempted First-Degree Murder Charges Dismissed Against Gang Member After He Is Mistakenly Declared Dead, Evidence Destroyed

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault were dismissed against a 22-year-old Chattanooga gang member on Monday afternoon after a prosecutor said the man was mistakenly declared dead and then evidence in the case was destroyed.

Prosecutor Cameron Williams said it was "a clerk's error" that Cameron Hunter-Loftin was listed as dead and Criminal Court Judge Don Poole on July 20, 2011, signed an order dismissing the case. He said he had no idea how it happened. The case was revived last March 1 after the error was discovered.

The order said the dismissal was "based upon information received from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Nashville Tennessee regarding the deaths listed on the attached list, and further based on confirmation by the Hamilton County Data Center by matching Social Security numbers."

The prosecutor said afterward the federal ATF destroyed shell casings the state planned to use in prosecuting the case. He said, "This was done without informing us."

Prosecutor Williams said shell casings were found at the scene of an Aug. 30, 2009, shooting. He said a shell casing was found with Hunter-Loftin that matched the ones found at the scene. All of the shell casings were destroyed after the report that he was dead.

It had been charged that Hunter-Loftin fired shots into a car occupied by Quinnisha Tillison, Carmen McKibben and Janice Croom. The prosecutor said the victims have been uncooperative.

Hunter-Loftin was arrested by federal authorities in September 2009 at his residence on Jenkins Road after he was found with several weapons as well as gang items. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale and possessing a weapon in further of a drug crime. He entered guilty pleas and was sentenced to serve five years and a day in federal prison.

The federal charges arose May 29, 2009, when Chattanooga Police executed a search warrant at 2109 Jenkins Road.

Police said they forced their way in when no one would come to the door. They found Hunter-Loftin in a bedroom with a loaded Glock 21 semi-automatic handgun. He had to be tased when he refused to give up the gun, police said.

Police said they found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in the same bedroom leaning against a wall.

They also found a large bag that contained 118.29 grams of marijuana, digital scales, an ecstasy pill, marijuana "roaches" and ammunition.

Officers found $1,620 in Hunter-Loftin's tennis shoes.

Police said they found gang paraphernalia as well as pictures of Hunter-Loftin flashing gang signs. He told officers he is a member of the Tree Top Piru Bloods and that he sleeps with the Glock every night.

He admitted smoking pot every day and said he buys marijuana twice a week and breaks it down into "dime bags" that sell for $10 each.

He said he bought the two guns from two different people at different times.

Hunter-Loftis was charged in the federal case a short time after the incident involving the shots fired at the three women.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAKER, LANCE RICARDO     10070 CENTRAL AVE OOLTEWAH, 37363     24     Hamilton County          DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE BICENTE, FRAY     3100 E 45 STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407    ... (click for more)

Early Morning Runner Assaulted In North Chattanooga

Police said an early morning runner was assaulted on Monday in North Chattanooga. A t approximately 7:30 a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to an assault call on W. Mississippi Avenue. T he victim was assaulted while running early morning on Mississippi Avenue. T he suspect was described as a black male, 5’8’’– 5’9’’ inches tall, short afro/flat top ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)

Baylor Impressive In Volleyball Sweep Of Signal Mountain

Baylor coach Sarah Lail paused briefly before saying that she's seen her Lady Red Raider volleyball team play better than they did on Monday, but they did just about everything right as they celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 3-0 victory over the Signal Mountain Lady Eagles. It was a meeting of two of the top three teams in Chattanooga -- too bad that Ooltewah couldn't ... (click for more)

Basketball, Wrestling Mocs Host Ball N' Brawl

It’s party time in the Scenic City. Chattanooga’s team is sending some of its best to close down 3rd Street on Friday, October 10, for Ball N’ Brawl. This inaugural event features the men’s and women’s basketball programs along with the wrestling team. “This was an idea coaches Heath Eslinger (wrestling) and Will Wade (men’s basketball) came up with,” Director of Marketing and ... (click for more)