Ragland Charged With Murder Of Timothy Bumpass On Swan Road

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Devante Ragland
Devante Ragland

Detectives with the Chattanooga Police Department’s Homicide Unit have arrested Devante Lavon Raglan, 19, in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Timothy Bumpass.

He will killed at 4800 Swan Road on Jan. 12.

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

At 10:04 p.m. on a Saturday, Chattanooga Police responded to 4832 Swan Road. When they arrived they found a black male in his 30s who had been shot and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police said at the time it was "believed that the victim was targeted by the suspect(s) and that it was not a random shooting."

Kristopher Bell and Christopher Jennings were arrested earlier in the case.

 At the time police said they were looking for a third suspect, "Scooby."  They said Raglan had the nickname "Scooby." 

In the incident at the Lakeside Youth Sports Park, a witness said at 10 p.m. he saw two men wearing black clothing dragging a lifeless body away from a Cadillac that was in the parking lot.  Officers found the unoccupied Cadillac with the driver-side front window shattered and blood on the driver's seat and door.

Officers found the victim at the edge of some woods, just north of the Cadillac.  He had been shot multiple times and was dead.

Several personal items belonging to the victim were missing.  No shell casing were found on the scene indicating he may have been shot with a revolver.  

A witness said the victim had received a phone call from Kris, who was an associate of the victim and often bought marijuana from him.  The witness said Kris stated he had just robbed someone for $14,000 and wanted to buy $1,300 worth of marijuana. 

Police said the suspects apparently fled on foot toward a trail that leads to the British Woods Apartments, where Kristopher Bell lives.  

Witnesses said Bell left the apartment with Jennings and "Scooby" at 9:30 p.m. and all three were wearing black clothing.  A short time later Bell called a witness from Jennings' phone asking for the phone number of Bumpass.  

Witnesses said the parties returned to the apartment 30-45 minutes later and Bell and Jennings were panting and sweating.  All three changed clothing and Jennings and "Scooby" left the apartment.  

A witness said "Scooby" was seen with a black revolver.  

Police said Bell has given inconsistent statements about his location at the time of the murder.  Jennings has refused to give a statement.  

Timothy Bumpass
Timothy Bumpass


AUDIO: County Commission Meeting 2/21/18

Lee McDade Has Top County School Salary Other Than Superintendent After Management Shakeup

Lee McDade has the top county school salary - other than Supt. Bryan Johnson - of those involved in a management shakeup. Dr. McDade, who was an assistant superintendent in the prior administration, is now chief operating officer. His pay is $128,209. Nakia Towns Edwards, who was brought in as chief of staff, is being paid $126,856. Officials said she replaced Keri Randolph, ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Principal’s Reaction

On the morning after the mass shooting in Florida last week, a 17-year-old at Ledyard High School in Connecticut made an offhand comment during his first period class, “I could buy an AR-15.” At that, all the teachers panicked. Really. The school was soon so rattled by the comment the principal called the cops. And those five words got the child shackled, taken into custody, and ... (click for more)

Ware, Raiders Light Up Walker Valley, 81-36, To Win 5-3A Title

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – After one quarter, Cleveland needed to get junior workhorse Dionte Ware “involved” in the offense during Tuesday’s District 5-3A tournament championship game against Walker Valley. After scoring zero first-quarter points, Ware showed some life with six points in the second period, but he wasn’t yet weaponized. At halftime, Cleveland coaches addressed ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Sweeps 6-AA Tournament Titles

The third time was the charm for the Signal Mountain boys, but not so for the Red Bank girls. The second-seeded Eagles avenged two regular-season losses to Tyner on Tuesday night at Howard’s Henry Bowles Gymnasium to win their first District 6-AA championship by a 46-40 final. The second-seeded Lionettes were facing the top-seeded Signal Mountain Lady Eagles.   The third ... (click for more)