Woman Claims Fiancee Was Shot Without Provocation During Main Street Drug Deal

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Bradley County woman testified Tuesday that Quinisha Renee Brabson shot her fiancee without provocation during a late-night drug deal on Main Street on April 8, 2010.

Ms. Brabson is standing trial for second-degree murder in the courtroom of Judge Rebecca Stern.

She told police she shot at 50-year-old Timmy Nichols when she thought he was going to rape a female who was with her. She said the occupants of a vehicle appeared "geeked out."

Lisa Greenlief said she had gone with Nichols and Jeffery Young to buy drugs. She said they were out of money so they planned to trade a bottle of prescription pills for crack cocaine.

She said they headed for Main Street because "it's a wild place. It's a jungle out there. It's a drug place. It's where you get your drugs."

The witness said Ms. Brabson was dressed in a white shirt and dark pants as she approached the car in company with a man and a woman. She said Ms. Brabson was standing on a sidewalk near the driver's side when she shot Nichols.

Under cross-examination, Ms. Greenlief said she was still in shock from the incident and from a wreck afterward when she was first interviewed. She said then that the shooter was on the other side of the car.

After Nichols was shot, his vehicle accelerated and ran over a stop sign before slamming into a utility pole near the intersection of Main and Willow.

Dr. James Metcalfe, the county medical examiner, said the victim was shot in the back.

Officer Lauren Wenger said she was working her East Chattanooga district the night of the shooting and she went over to Main Street to help look for the shooter. She said she was about to give up and was headed back to her district when she spotted a woman in a white shirt and black pants with two other people. Ms. Brabson was then taken in for questioning.

Det. Michael Wenger said the gun used was never found. Ms. Brabson said she dropped it after the shooting. A woman who lives nearby told of that night seeing three people in her backyard looking for something. She said she hollered at them and they left.

Ms. Greenlief said she is bi-polar and stays off drugs. She acknowledged that Nichols was a cocaine addict. She said, "I tried to get him off of it."

She said of the shooting, "He just held the bottle (of pills) up. He didn't do anything to deserve what he got."

She added, "That girl right there shot my fiancee. He's dead because of her."

Ms. Brabson has remained in jail since the incident.  

 



Woman Gets Minivan Stuck On Railroad Track; It Is Hit By Train; She Goes To Jail

Police said a woman got her minivan stuck on railroad tracks on Hickory Valley Road on Friday. A train wound up hitting the van, and the woman, Julie Louanne Abel, wound up being taken to jail. Ms. Abel, 45, of 7437 Private Lane, was charged with driving on a revoked license and having no proof of insurance. A woman who was behind the minivan said Ms. Abel got out of the vehicle. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABEL, JULIE LOUANNE  7437 PRIVATE LN APT11 OOLTEWAH, 373639682  Age at Arrest: 45 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga NO PROOF OF INSURANCE DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE --- BERRY, JEFFERY BURNSIDE  1420 19TH STREET CLEVELAND, 37311  Age at Arrest: 36 years ... (click for more)

Fix Obamacare, Don't Repeal It - And Response (2)

John McCain recently said, "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full (Congressional Budget ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: J.B. And The Saturday Funnies

As thousands of his friends prepare to celebrate the 100th birthday of Chattanooga newspaper icon, J.B. Collins, tomorrow, it is only fitting that I publicly salute a great reporter who helped develop me as a writer in the 38 years we spent together at the Chattanooga News-Free Press. He was a genius of a writer back in the day and a great photographer as well. I have adored him ... (click for more)

Lethargic Tennessee Struggles Past Minutemen 17-13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Lethargy was Tennessee’s constant companion here Saturday. With the Vols’ offense sputtering like an old Ford Pinto hitting on two cylinders, the defense kept winless UMass at bay and Tennessee managed to post an uninspired 17-13 victory before a crowd announced as 95,324, although the in-person total at Neyland Stadium appeared much less. “At the end ... (click for more)

John Gilpin Wins Raccoon Mountain 10K Saturday

John Gilpin had done some training runs a few years back atop Raccoon Mountain, but he had never raced there. He had his first experience with a race there on Saturday morning and he finished in his usual spot, first place overall with a time of 35 minutes, 18 seconds in the annual Raccoon Mountain 10K. John Sillery was second overall in 36:29 while defending champ Dean Thompson ... (click for more)