Testimony Continues In Murder Of Reginald Clark; Key Witnesses Reportedly Threatened

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Due to safety concerns, witnesses testifying in the Roderick Bates and Emmett Jones trial for the murder of Reggie Clark have been kept separate, and anyone entering Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom has been taken through additional security. According to prosecutors, several key witnesses had been threatened. 

Defendant Roderick "Pooh Pooh" Bates is charged with the 2011 murder of Reginald "Reggie" Clark, a 37-year-old Chattanooga man. According to police, Clark was at his home when Bates and co-defendant Emmett "D-Baby" Jones came into the residence and shot him. 

A friend of Clark, Sanford Ballou, told police he was coming to see Clark, but heard gunshots when he arrived at the home. When he found Clark shot, he called 911.

The 911 call from Ballou was played for the jury on Tuesday. In the call, Ballou told 911 operators that Clark had been shot and that he did not know the men. Ballou, who took the stand last Thursday, said he saw a tall man and a short man go into the Clark residence. He said he heard one man call the other "D-Baby." However, Ballou retracted some of what he had originally told the police. 

When he testified in court, he said he had been at a local night club, the Fire and Ice Club, with Clark earlier that night. He said he saw Clark "get into it" with someone, but he did not know the other man. Clark and several others were kicked out by a bouncer after this, but Ballou remained at the club a while longer. 

Ballou said he was with several friends when they decided to go visit Clark at home, after the club closed. He said they went to the back door, but could not get in, and that was when they heard gunshots.

On Tuesay, Marterrous "Munchy" Daniel, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, testified. He said he was in the house with Clark when the shooting ocurred. He told police when the two men came in and fired shots, he dropped to the ground and pretended he was shot. He did not move, and eventually, they left. He said one of the men was Bates and the other was Emmett Jones.

He also testified that he had been at the club earlier and had seen Clark get into an argument with Bates. Daniel said he got into a dispute with Bates' girlfriend when she threw a drink on him.

When questioned by Prosecutor Lance Pope about the nature of his relationship with Clark, he became emotional. He said Clark was a father-figure and a role model to him. He said whenever he did not have a place to stay, Clark took him in. He described Clark as having "a heart of gold."

Investigator Ken Burnett from the Chattanooga Police Department also testified Tuesday, explaining the crime scene to the jury. Medical examiner Frank Knox King testified, explaining the injuries sustained by Clark. 


2 Hit While Walking On Birmingham Highway; James Ankrom, 63, Dies At The Hospital

Two pedestrians were struck by a single vehicle on Highway 11 (Birmingham Highway) in Lookout Valley on Tuesday night. One of those who was struck, 63-year-old James David Ankrom, died after being taken to a local hospital. Police said the other person who was hit was responsive. She was identified as Maria Martinez, 52. The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. at ... (click for more)

Cleveland Police Officer Charged Again After Wife Catches Him At Their Home; TBI To Intervene

The Cleveland Police officer involved in a weekend incident in McMinn County that resulted in the demotion of brand-new Cleveland Police Chief Dennis Maddux has been arrested again. Bradley County Sheriff officials said Officer Jeffrey Griggs was taken into custody Tuesday evening for Violation of an Order of Protection issued after the McMinn County incident. Meanwhile, ... (click for more)

Women Don't Ask For Rape, They Ask For Justice

The stereotypical irrationality that women typically lie about rape has brought an enormous amount of social stigma to this population. Many like to think that rape is not a huge issue in the United States, and that the media blows it out of proportion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that approximately 17.7 million females in America have been raped, with 108,612 ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Happy Birthday, Mr. Berg

This past Monday we should have closed the Post Office, let kids out of school, and lowered our flags to half-mast. March 2 is the anniversary of Moe Berg’s birthday and the legendary Casey Stengel once said Moe was “the strangest man ever to play baseball.” Moe played major league baseball for 16 years, finishing with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and a lifetime batting average of ... (click for more)

Double Overtime Thriller: Central Boys Going To State

For all the folks who came to Chattanooga State Tuesday night for the Class AA sectional battle between Livingston Academy and Region 3-AA champ Central, they got their money's worth and more. And they even got some free basketball to boot. Needing a couple of overtimes, the Purple Pounders will be heading to Murfreesboro and MTSU's Murphy Center next week for the TSSAA State ... (click for more)

Blackman Blazes A Trail To State By Bashing Bradley, 55-35

(Story will be updated) MUFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Class AAA state champions are still alive and well. Blackman raced past outmanned Bradley Central, 55-35, Tuesday night in a Class AAA sectional victory that blazed a path right to the boys state tournament at nearby Middle Tennessee State University starting on March 11. The Blaze (24-5) will be making their fourth ... (click for more)