Police Say Woman Was Strangled In Her Bathtub Soon After Posting On Facebook Picture Of A Large Amount Of Money

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
JaMichael Donte Harris
JaMichael Donte Harris

Police said a woman who boasted on Facebook of having a large amount of money was strangled in her bathtub.

JaMichael Donte Harris, 20, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Inez Burney last Thursday.

Police had been summoned to 1400 Cypress Street Court on a CPR in progress.

Upon arrival, Harris told officers that he spent the day with Ms. Burney, then left for two hours. He said he let himself back into her apartment at 4 a.m. He said he used a key she left in the mailbox.

He said he went upstairs and found Ms. Burney unresponsive in the bathtub. He said he called 911 and started CPR an hour and a half later.

Police said he "was unable to account for the severe time lapse before calling 911."

Officers said Harris had scratches on his face "that are consistent with a female attempting to defend herself against an attacker."

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

It was ruled a homicide after Petechia was found in both of her eyes and in her mouth and there were abrasions to her neck.

The medical examiner "said these are indications of strangulation," the report says.

The medical examiner also said there is evidence on the victim's fingernails that would indicate that she struggled and possibly scratched her attacker.

Family members said Ms. Burney "posted a picture of a large amount of money on her Facebook account just an hour before Harris said he went to the residence. Police said that money has not been found.

Police concluded that Harris strangled the victim and tried to stage her drowning in the bathtub.


Recently Found Audio Of Ronald Reagan's Visit To Chattanooga In 1976

This recently found audio of Governor Ronald Reagan's visit to Chattanooga, on May 21, 1976, on a campaign stop. He spoke at Tennessee Temple College. At the end of Mr. Reagan's talk there are remarks by then Chattanooga Mayor Pat Rose and Dr. Lee Roberson, longtime pastor of Highland Park Baptist and Tennessee Temple. (click for more)

Walker County Arrest Report For Aug. 25-31

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Aug. 25-31: ALEXANDER    MATTHEW    TODD    W/M    35    Officer CARTER    BATTERY FVA RUSSELL    CASEY    LEWIS    W/M    30    Officer OWENS    SUSPENDED ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)