Criminal Homicide Case In Which Gun Battle Took Place On Northrup Drive Bound To Grand Jury

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Jeremy Reynolds, attorney Hillary Hodgkins and prosecutor Lance Pope
Jeremy Reynolds, attorney Hillary Hodgkins and prosecutor Lance Pope

A Chattanooga man who served time for a prior murder had a new criminal homicide charge bound to the Grand Jury on Tuesday.

Jeremy Reynolds, 27, of 211 Mixon St., was arrested in the May 5 shooting death of 20-year-old Wendell Washington, who was gunned down on his front porch. Witnesses said a white SUV sped from the shooting scene, then it apparently headed straight for Erlanger Hospital. Two men were seen carrying Reynolds from the white van into the emergency room.

Police said Reynolds was shot in the gun battle with Washington at 3687 Northrop St.

The victim's girlfriend said she had just arrived home around 10:20 p.m. from the Waffle House. She said she was inside with his mother about 10 minutes later when Washington pulled up and she heard a shot, then a series of shots. She said Washington was yelling during the gunfight, but she could not make out what he was saying.

When she went outside she found him lying face down on the porch.

She said he always carried a gun after being robbed the prior December. It was testified that $11,000 was taken in that holdup.

The next-door neighbor, Amy Evans, said she "heard a pop, then two more pops, then rapid gunfire." She said she headed straight for where the shots were being fired. She said she spotted a white SUV with the headlights on. She said the shooter came across the street and got in the passenger side of the SUV, then it sped off.

Brandon Scott Collier said he looked out the kitchen window and saw a white SUV run the stop sign near his home on Azalean Drive. "They didn't even slow down," he said.

The witness said the vehicle was a late-model Mitsubishi, probably an Endeavor. He said he could tell that from the emblem and the tail lights. 

Sgt. Daniel Francis said police found drugs and a host of guns in the Washington residence. The weapons included several handguns, a shotgun and a rifle.

He said a 45 shell casing was found on a step to the porch, and 40 caliber shells were on the porch. The victim's mother moved a blood-stained 40 caliber handgun from next to his body to inside the house, it was stated.

A nurse at the hospital found a live 45 round in Reynolds' pocket.

General Sessions Court Judge David Bales set the bond for Reynolds at $550,000.

Lance Pope was the prosecutor and Hillary Hodgkins the defense attorney.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, DONNA LYNN  1363 HIGHWAY 157 LOOKOUT MTN, 30750  Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FAILURE TO APPEAR --- AMOS, SEAN ANTHONY  1030 FAIRWAY VALLEY DRIVE WOODSTOCK, 30189  Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ASSAULT --- ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Christmas On The River

The annual "Christmas on the River was held at Ross's Landing. (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)

UTC Defeats Fordham, 50-20, in FCS First Round Game

 "UTC has one of the best defensive lines we have played against all season ... character guys and no trash talking." -- Fordham Quarterback Kevin Anderson in post game comments    Senior quarterback Jacob Huesman threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 154 yards to lead UTC to a 50-20 victory against visiting Fordham ... (click for more)

Red Bank Comeback Trips Hixson In Vandergriff Duals

The last time Red Bank's wrestling Lions faced the Hixson Wildcats in the Hixson gym, Hixson won a close match to earn a spot in the State Duals. These same two teams squared off at Hixson Saturday afternoon in the championship match of the Vandergriff Duals, but the results were different as the Lions rallied for a 34-31 win. Red Bank had won its pool at Hixson Middle ... (click for more)