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. 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, MARDARREIUS FOOQUON  707 RICHARDSON ST ROSSVILLE, 30741  Age at Arrest: 20 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County THEFT OF PROPERTY (OVER $1000) --- ATKINS, CHRISTIAN MICHAEL  308 NYE DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 59 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled to receive. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sued Life Care on similar charges based on ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Bad Ideas Never Work

When the Chattanooga City Council gave Kevin Muhammad, who is purportedly the “leader” of the Nation of Islam’s “Chattanooga chapter” or whatever it is, “the right” to speak for 20 anguished minutes on Monday night, everybody who heard about it could have told our city leaders it was “stinkin’ thinkin’.” My goodness, did you think he was going to read a sweet passage from the ... (click for more)

Mustangs Clip Raiders, 4-3, On Chambers' Clutch RBI Hit In 10th

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Winning two regular season games against Cleveland was no picnic for the Walker Valley Mustangs. Capturing a win-or-go-home District 5-3A tournament showdown with the Blue Raiders was even tougher to nail down for coach Joe Shamblin’s squad. Bunts by Jacob McCall and Hunter Shamblin set the stage for Jacob Chambers’ walk-off RBI single in the 10 th ... (click for more)

East Ridge And CFCA Reach New Contract

The city of East Ridge and the Chattanooga Futbol Club Academy (CFCA) have agreed to a new five-year soccer field-use agreement for five fields at Camp Jordan Park. The agreement allows CFCA to practice at Camp Jordan Park and play games there on fields 1-5. The East Ridge Futbol Club (ERFC) plays recreation soccer on fields 6-8 and often works with CFCA to use field 5 on Saturday ... (click for more)