Henry Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Rev. David Strong; Gets 20-Year Sentence

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Antonio Xavier Henry pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday morning in the 2010 slaying of Rev. David Strong in Glenwood.   

Prosecutor Neal Pinkston said the time will be served at 100 percent in state prison.  

Henry, 28, got 20 years each on the murder count and especially aggravated robbery.  The two terms will be served at the same time. 

Also charged in the case is Brendan Barnes, who was a juvenile at the time of his arrest.  

Henry appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole with a large crowd of family members and former church members of Rev. Strong in the courtroom. 

Prosecutor Pinkston said Henry was found driving Rev. Strong's silver PT Cruiser after his battered body was found at his residence on Glenwood Drive. He said Henry also used the minister's debit card at numerous banks and was caught on video doing so.  

He said Henry admitted striking the victim and said he did so after the minister had sexual relations with him and Barnes.  

The prosecutor said Barnes gave a somewhat different version.  

Henry was represented by appointed attorney Dan Ripper, who earlier had a mental evaluation performed on Henry by Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital that found that Henry was competent to assist his attorney with his legal defense.

Attorney Ripper, questioning the correctness of Moccasin Bend’s ruling, had sought a second mental evaluation of Henry, saying his client has a history of mental problems and is heavily medicated.

Both Henry and Barnes admitted that they beat the pastor, but both insist the other is responsible for the 29 stab wounds.

Judge Poole ruled earlier that the two defendants would be tried separately.


Crime Stoppers: Armed Robbery At Highway 58 Family Dollar

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information and the identity of the suspects of an armed robbery at the Family Dollar at 4749 Highway 58, Chattanooga.  On April 7, at approximately 8:10 a.m., Chattanooga police responded to a robbery at the Family Dollar.  Two masked suspects entered the store and demanded the money from the registers. ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Tn., Woman Missing Since 2011 Turns Up In Mississippi

A Cleveland, Tn., woman who had been missing since 2011 has been found Tuesday in Mississippi. The Biloxi Sun Herald said 50-year-old Tammy Renee King, 50, was walking along Mississippi 613 when a citizen stopped to help her. The Good Samaritan called the sheriff's office. Members of a local church plan to drive her back to Cleveland after she is checked out at a hospital. ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day - And Response

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)

Cuonzo Martin Leaves Tennessee For Job At California

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin apparently took his name out of the coaching search at Marquette so he could put it in a hat at the University of California at Berkeley. On Tuesday, Martin broke ties with the Volunteers and accepted the head coaching job with the Bears. Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart admitted Martin’s move surprised him. “Not from my perspective,” ... (click for more)

Mocs Win Women's Southern Conference Championship

The Chattanooga Mocs are your Southern Conference Women’s Golf Champions. That’s five straight team titles and sophomore Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia) made it the fourth consecutive sweep winning medalist honors. McLennan was solid shooting 222 for her 54 holes on a tough week for scoring. She won by four strokes over Furman’s Taylor Totland and was seven clear of ... (click for more)