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

Many Waldens Ridge Scenes Featured In Stokes Picture Book

A number of early views of Waldens Ridge are among the rarities found in the Stokes Photo Collection. There are many photos of the roads up the mountain showing streetcars, wagons and early autos. There are scenes at Rainbow Lake, Falling Water Falls, Signal Point and other scenic spots. Several photos are included of the Signal Mountain Hotel. The more than 700 photos ... (click for more)

2 Known Meth Distributors Arrested In Catoosa County

Two have been arrested in Catoosa County on drug charges.   Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., on Highway 41 in Ringgold. During the stop, deputies seized two pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $30,000. Deputies arrested Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, Ga., and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Policeman’s Prayer

Every year, when the Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga holds its annual luncheon, it is one of the most heartening displays of what America really believes, down deep inside. The most prominent and influential leaders in the community – well over 1,000 -- gather to pay tribute and pledge their support to our heroes in blue who are unfaltering in their devotion, service ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Falls In State Volleyball Semis

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been a ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)