TV Crime Show Helps Bring Arrest In 16-Year-Old Chattanooga "Cold Case"

Friday, January 24, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Neal Pinkston and Bill Phillips make announcement
Neal Pinkston and Bill Phillips make announcement
- photo by Hollie Webb

Homicide detectives at the Chattanooga Police Department have been able to close a 16-year-old cold case with the help of TNT Productions, charging a man with first-degree murder. Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth, the victim's estranged husband, has been arrested and is awaiting trial.

In 1997, Victoria "Vicky" Hollingsworth had separated from her husband, and she and her two children were living with her parents on Duncan Avenue when she went missing.

Details of how police believe she ended up with Hollingsworth will not be released until his trial.

Police said, "It was obvious that she was missing under very suspicious circumstances and would not come home alive."

Over a year and a half later, police finally discovered her body on Billy Goat Hill. Forensics experts discovered a mark on her mandible that indicated a stab wound to the neck; this was determined to be the cause of death.

After years of investigation with little new information, producers from the TNT show "Cold Justice" heard about the case and approached the Chattanooga Police Department.

With their resources, the Chattanooga Police were able to find enough evidence to send to a grand jury. Mrs. Hollingsworth's husband was living in Amarillo, Tex., at the time of his arrest and will be extradited for the trial. He had married again.

In the time since the murder, Vicky Hollingsworth's mother passed away. However, her father and two children have been informed.

The episode of "Cold Justice" featuring this case is set to air at the end of February or early March. 



Catoosa County Arrest Report For Feb. 9-15

Click  here  for the Catoosa County arrest report for Feb. 9-15. (click for more)

Walker County Arrest Report For Feb. 12-18

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Feb. 12-18: FOSTER         ZACHARY    BRANDON    W/M    19        217 CARTER POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA MORE THAN 1 OZ., POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, ... (click for more)

Six Things We Can Do About Mass Shootings - And Response (2)

All politics aside, the recent shooting in Florida, and every other shooting in a public place, is a senseless and, possibly, preventable tragedy. It is absurd that we can’t gather in a free society without the fear of some nut job or terrorist using us as targets.   And then the cries of “do something!” from every quarter. But, other than the obvious attempt by agenda-pushers ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arm Our Teachers Now

There are three distinct reasons that Grady Judd, the sheriff of Polk County, Fla., is one of the top law enforcement officers in the country. Just last week he was named as president of the Major-Cities Sheriff’s Association -- he’s that good. Also last week he begged America to arm itself, rigid in his belief the best way to stop school shootings and other mass incidents is by ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wins AAA State Mat Title

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Chattanooga-area wrestling teams didn’t dominate the TSSAA traditional state tournament this weekend like they have in the past, but they were better than average and still had a lot to celebrate. All three teams that won titles in the State Duals here at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park came back to win again this time, including Cleveland ... (click for more)

District 5-3A: Blue Raiders, Mustangs Advance To Boys' Final

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – For the most part, seedings for postseason high school basketball tournaments hold up well. There are upsets, at times. Some mild. Some more stunning. On “Semifinal Saturday” in District 5-3A at Walker Valley High School, three favorites won, including both higher seeded girls’ teams. Second-ranked Bradley Central, unbeaten at 27-0 and the No. ... (click for more)