Lester Arrested In Case In Which Police Say Woman Set Up Murder Victim For Robbery

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Detectives with the Chattanooga Police Department’s Homicide Unit have arrested Stephen Doentae Lester, 24, in connection with the murder of Edward Glenn Thursday at 2500 O’Rear St.

Lester has been charged with felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, and criminal conspiracy.

Police said Carmisha Shade Lay set up Glenn for a robbery, and he wound up getting murdered, at a East Chattanooga residence early Thursday morning.

Ms. Lay, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, especially aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and false reports.

Police were dispatched at 5:15 a.m. to 2500 O'Rear on a shooting call and possible home invasion. Glenn, 28, was found dead inside the residence with gunshot wounds.

Police learned that the victim had been dropped off at the house by a friend, who said he was met by Ms. Lay and the two of them went inside.

Ms. Lay was eventually located at 910 Belle Mead Ave. and taken in for questioning. She first denied any involvement, saying he was robbed and shot by two unknown black males who forced their way into the house.

She later said she had called the victim to her house in order to have him robbed by Stephen Lester. She said she sent Lester a text telling him the victim was in bed with her.

She said Lester and another black male entered the residence and robbed the victim before killing him.

Ms. Lay said after the shooting she took the victim's cell phone and fled to her grandmother's house at 2306 Daisy St.

Inside the residence on Belle Mead, investigators found the victim's cell phone in the kitchen garbage can.


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