Defense Tries To Discredit Testimony Of A Main Witness At Reggie Clark Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Attorney Ortwein, Jones, attorney Covert, Bates
Attorney Ortwein, Jones, attorney Covert, Bates
- photo by Hollie Webb

It was testified Wednesday in the trial for the murder of Reginald Clark that one of the key witnesses had previously given false testimony in a different court setting and lied to police.  

In the case, Roderick Bates and Emmett Jones have both been accused of breaking into the home of Clark and shooting him after an altercation at a local night club, the Fire and Ice Club.  

One of the main witnesses was Larender Lewis, the girlfriend of 37-year-old Reggie Clark at the time of his death. 

On Wednesday afternoon, defense attorneys Clancy Covert and Lee Ortwein told the court they had discovered new information the previous night from Clark's girlfriend's sister. 

Lewis' elder sister was brought in as a witness and she told the court that her sister had a reputation for being untruthful.  

At this point in the trial, the jury was sent out so that Judge Barry Steelman could speak to the attorneys. They were allowed to question the sister before the jury was brought in so that Judge Steelman could make sure that the new evidence was fair.  

She told attorney Covert that Lewis had lied during a child custody hearing, telling that judge she was undergoing chemotherapy when she was not.  Her sister also said she once called and lied about being kidnapped, causing a false police report to be filed.  

However, according to the law, when introducing new statements about a witness such as these, the witness must be allowed to defend themselves. Since the information was discovered Tuesday night, the prosecution said they had not been able to cross examine Lewis or her sister.  

Prosecutor Lance Pope called the statements "highly prejudicial." 

Judge Steelman also pointed out that there was not physical proof, such as a transcript of the hearing where Lewis allegedly lied. He ruled the defense would be allowed to ask the witness if she thought her sister had lied, but they would not be allowed to ask specifics.  

Recorded tapes of the initial police interrogation of Jones were also played to the jury earlier in the day. Jones adamantly denied any involvement at the time. He also said he never went to the club.  

The trial will continue Thursday morning. 

 


Cothran Charged With Cutting Mother With A Hatchet

Eddie Cothran, 46, was arrested on Monday for aggravated assault after police said he threatened his mother and then cut her with a hatchet.       Responding officers found the mother on Claire Circle who stated that she had gotten into a heated argument with the defendant.   She said that he had been drinking and wanted to use ... (click for more)

Rep. Womick Asks County Clerks To Marry Only Couples That Include A Man And A Woman

Rep. Rick Womick has written a letter to all 95 county clerks in Tennessee, urging each of them "to ignore the recent Supreme Court of the U.S. opinion redefining marriage, to uphold their oath to our State Constitution and state law, and encouraging them to issue marriage licenses to one man and one woman only." Rep. Womick said, "Each of Tennessee's County Clerks are publicly ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)

Former McCallie Swimmer Qualifies For 2016 Olympics

Sean Ryan, a 2010 graduate of McCallie, qualified for an Olympic swimming competition early Monday morning. His fourth-place finish in the 10-kilometer open-water race July 27 at the FINA World Championships earned him a spot on the United States Olympic Team for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The race took place in the Kazanka River in Kazan, Russia, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Club To Host National Semifinals Saturday

Saturday  Chattanooga Football Club won the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) South Region Championship over the Myrtle Beach Mutiny – its second title in a row. That win puts CFC in the final four teams in the league still competing for the national title. By winning the South Region, Chattanooga FC became the number two seed in the country and will host the third-seeded ... (click for more)