16-Year-Old Charged In Dalton Murder "Over Drugs"; 2 Others Sought

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Dalton Police Department has arrested 16-year-old Endy Becerra on a charge of felony murder related to Wednesday night’s shooting death on at 214 Easterling St. Two other men are wanted on murder warrants.  Investigators determined that drugs were involved in the incident.

At approximately 11:40 p.m., Dalton officers were dispatched to a call of a shooting on Easterling Street.  When officers arrived they found 20-year-old Abel Carmona lying on the ground in the parking lot of the apartments at 214 Easterling.

Witnesses at the scene told officers that the shooter fled the scene in a small dark-colored sedan. The victim was being attended to by his friends Marcus Soto and Roberto Lopez, who were trying to stop his bleeding from a gunshot wound to his chest.  Carmona was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at Hamilton Medical Center.  Officers secured the crime scene and began interviewing witnesses. 

Dalton detectives determined that Carmona went to the apartments on Easterling Street with Soto and Lopez in order to buy a large quantity of marijuana with more than $900 in cash he had obtained from the sale of a car.  Something apparently went wrong during the deal leading to the shooting.

Roberto Lopez, 20, of 124 Montrose Way was later arrested after investigators determined that he lied to them during his interview.

Detectives worked throughout the night and into the day Thursday with the assistance of the GBI and investigators with the Chatsworth Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers from the Murray County and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Offices and the Calhoun Police Department.

Information developed through the course of the investigation led detectives to Becerra.  Investigators say Marquis Dequan Tanner, 20, of 110 Mallory Dr. and Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, of 1300 Autumn Court were with Becerra at the meeting on Easterling Street when the shooting happened.  Both are wanted on warrants for felony murder.  At this time, investigators have not determined which of the suspects shot Carmona. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Marquis Dequan Tanner or Tywon Jay Henderson is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARWOOD, THOMAS WILLIAM  4131 JONES COVE ROAD SEVIERVILLE, 378766658  Age at Arrest: 42 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ASHBY, BRITTANY LYNN  3644 TANAKA TRAIL CHATT, 37404  Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Kendric Evans, 20, Shot On Lyerly Street

Police said 20-year-old Kendric Evans was shot on Lyerly Street late Sunday afternoon.   At 5:11 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital concerning a person who had been shot.   The victim arrived at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound which was non-life threatening. The victim did not identify the suspect or how he had arrived at ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Washington’s Favorite

By the time darkness fell over Washington, D.C., on Sunday, it had clearly been a monumental weekend. On Friday Donald Trump had ben inaugurated as the 45 th President of the United States. On Saturday a fierce crowd of a half-million women who each are entitled to have the identical rights as men in the same United States, marched on The Mall. And then, the Washington Post printed ... (click for more)

Tullahoma Nips East Hamilton For Central Mat Title

The annual Central Invitational wrestling tournament was cancelled two weeks ago by the threat of inclement weather, but they were able to get it in on Saturday and it was a battle to the wire for the team championship. Luke Champion was the individual winner at 285 pounds and it was his victory that lifted the Tullahoma Wildcats to the team title as they finished the day-long ... (click for more)

Father Ryan Rallies To Beat Soddy Daisy

The Soddy Daisy Trojans may have been embarrassed over a lopsided whipping they took at the hands of the Bradley Bears Thursday night in Cleveland, but they came out with fire in their eyes Friday night in a dual meet with Father Ryan. The host Trojans had a seemingly-comfortable 32-22 lead with three matches remaining, but the Purple Irish won all three -- including two with ... (click for more)