Witness Says She Was With Mobley When He Gunned Down Watkins At Brainerd Road Convenience Store

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Constance Taylor testifies in Stephen Mobley case. Also shown are prosecutor Lance Pope and attorney John Wysong
Constance Taylor testifies in Stephen Mobley case. Also shown are prosecutor Lance Pope and attorney John Wysong

A woman testified Tuesday that she was with Stephen Maurice "Dollar Bill" Mobley when he gunned down 28-year-old Gregory Watkins at a convenience store near the Brainerd Road Tunnels on June 1, 2012.

Constance Taylor said she gave her information a couple of weeks ago after police picked her up and took her in for questioning. She said she was told she could be charged with murder if she did not cooperate.

Ms. Taylor, who said she has known Mobley all of her life, testified in General Sessions Court that she had made a number of drug purchases for him, including one from Watkins a short time before the shooting of Watkins and a woman who was in the car with him.

She said Mobley was upset about the quality of the drugs and had asked her to set up another deal with Watkins.

Ms. Taylor said they initially were to meet at the home of her mother, but her mother drove up unexpectantly. She said they then agreed to meet at the Conoco on Brainerd Road.

She said others were in the vehicle. She was in the back seat and Mobley was in the front passenger seat. She said Mobley got out of the car and began firing, then a short time later jumped back in the car.

The witness said at the time Mobley was wearing a wig with dreadlocks and he had a red, yellow and green hat on top of the wig.

She said she had not told the story before - even when someone else was arrested and charged with the murder - because she was afraid to come forward.

Lashonda Gonzalez said Watkins picked her up that day at the Mapco on Rossville Boulevard. She said they drove to the home of the mother of Ms. Taylor for the drug deal, but the location shifted when the mother came home.

She said they parked at the Conoco and a tall, dark-skinned man got out of another vehicle and walked over to the driver's side. She said he then began firing. She was hit in the shoulder and upper arm. Another bullet went through her left hip and came out her back.

Ms. Gonzalez said she was shown a lineup and the man she picked out had dreads and looked like the shooter.  Police arrested Stephen Lebron "Black Magic" Hill just a few days after the double shooting, but charges were later dismissed against him.

In a discussion about bond, prosecutor Lance Pope told Judge David Bales, "He's killed before."

Mobley pleaded guilty to an earlier voluntary manslaughter and served six years in prison. In the December 2005 case, Chattanooga Police responded to 1248 Cypress St. around noon on a shooting call. They found 20-year-old Elton Deandrea Hall at the residence of his grandmother.

The victim was transported to Erlanger Hospital for multiple gunshot wounds he had received during an argument with Mobley.

Police were informed by witnesses that the victim and the suspect got into some type of argument and they allegedly began to exchange gunfire.The victim was struck twice and ran to his grandmother’s residence before passing out. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to Erlanger Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.


Mobley, who was 21 at the time, was taken into custody without incident at 1221 E. 35th St. around 2 p.m.

A construction crew reportedly witnessed the shootout.

On the new charge, Judge Bales called it "blatant and cold-blooded."

He bound five cases to the Grand Jury.

Bond was raised to $750,000 for first-degree murder, $500,000 for attempted first-degree murder, $25,000 for unlawful possession of a weapon, $40,000 for aggravated assault and $35,000 for reckless endangerment.


 


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