Detectives Make 3rd Arrest In Lookout Valley Triple Murders; Skyler Allen Says He Was With Morse, Juvenile

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Skyler Hudson Allen
Skyler Hudson Allen

Detectives have made a third arrest in the Lookout Valley triple murders after 22-year-old Skyler Hudson Allen admitted that he was with Derek Morse and a 15-year-old the evening of the slayings at an RV on Kelly's Ferry Road.

Allen was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal homicide and one count of attempted criminal homicide - the same charges placed earlier against the 19-year-old Morse and the teen.

An affidavit said all three had firearms and discharged them at the scene of the killings. Multiple shell casings of varying types were found at the scene.

It says the three were seen together on several occasions, including on video, before and after the slayings.

The affidavit does not say that Allen admitted to being involved in the shootings.

A witness reported seeing a black vehicle arrive at Allen's residence at 1324 Burgess Road at 8:15 p.m. on April 9. The vehicle was occupied by two males. The witness said the three left Allen's residence about 10 minutes later with all carrying firearms.

Allen got in the back passenger seat of the vehicle.

The killing happened around 9 p.m. on April 9.

The affidavit says the three were in Trenton, Ga., around 9:15 p.m. They went to several places, including the home of the grandmother of the 15-year-old in Trenton.

Allen said he was with Morse and the 15-year-old until Morse dropped him back off at his house that night. 

Allen was arrested on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. He was taken into custody at the Sheriff’s West Annex.

Authorities said, "With the arrest of Allen, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is confident the three primary suspects in the murders and attempted murder have been identified and arrested.  This investigation remains open as detectives with the Sheriff’s Office continue to identify others who provided assistance to the primary suspects after the fact."

Allen's prior criminal charges were traffic related.

Those killed as they congregated near an RV on Kelly's Ferry Road were John Lang, 53; Caleb Boozer, 29, and Jon Morris, 24. Michael Callen, 16, was shot.

Anyone having information concerning this investigation is encouraged to call 423-209-8940 or email Criminal Investigations Division at tips@hcsheriff.gov.



Copies Of Remaining Chattanooga Photo Books Available At Zarzour's Restaurant

Remaining copies of the Chattanooga Photo books are available at Zarzours Restaurant on Rossville Avenue off Main Street. It is near Fire Hall #1. They include the Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga, and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga.  All were published by Chattanoogan.com and printed by College Press at Collegedale. The more than ... (click for more)

Woman's Body Found Near Ooltewah Intersection Identified As Tiffany Flerl, 21

A woman's body was found near an intersection in Ooltewah on Wednesday morning. She was identified as Tiffany Paige Flerl, 21. Chattanooga Police said her body was located near the intersection of Old Cleveland Pike and Old Lee Highway just after 10 a.m. She did not appear to have any visible signs of trauma. Her body was sent to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's ... (click for more)

Shame On Anyone Planning A Protest At Coolidge Park Thursday Evening - And Response

Whether you're Alt-Left or Alt-Right, Coolidge Park isn't the place to showcase your hate and indifference with one another. Just because it's your right, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should do it. Many have this misconception that this park is named after a President, Nope. It's named after a great man, a true patriot, and Medal of Honor recipient from right ... (click for more)

A Tale Of 3 Properties

Here in Lookout Valley on the far southwest edge of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, trees and rocks are plentiful but sidewalks are as rare as unicorns. It’s a land the governments forget – until tax collection time.  The recent county reappraisal spoke about ‘comps,’ recent sale prices of comparable local properties. But the assessors defined ‘comparable’ to suit themselves, ... (click for more)

Lookouts' Nick Gordon Reveals His Mature Baseball Savvy In Interview

Nick Gordon has already hit more home runs this season than he had in his first three years combined. Although last Monday in Birmingham the home run he probably wanted most proved elusive, it didn't dampen what was arguably the best overall game in his professional career. Gordon matched his career high with five hits and fell a homer shy of the cycle as the Lookouts ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Series At Smokies Wednesday With 6-3 Win

KODAK, Tenn. -- Andy Wilkins hit a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 6-3 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday. Chattanooga right-hander Zack Littell (3-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on five hits over six innings. The single by Wilkins started the scoring in a three-run inning and gave the ... (click for more)