State Says Disrespect Led to Double Murder In Mobley Trial

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In his opening statements for the trial of Stephen Mobley, 34, District Attorney Kevin Brown told the jury disrespect led to double murder. Mobley is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, among other charges, for a Labor Day 2016 slaying.

“Proof will show Mr. Mobley felt like he was being used, was upset, felt like he was being disrespected, didn’t like that these people were in his house,” said Mr. Brown.

He went on to describe the night leading up the September 5, 2016 slayings at 7458 Pinewood Drive, placing Mobley and the victims at the scene. He said Zirrshaddia Scott, 23, had vomited in the house after taking Xanax and smoking marijuana.

“Mr. Mobley is getting upset. Attempts to calm him down doesn’t work,” he said.

Later that night, Ms. Scott would be shot multiple times. Unlike her friends, Jasmine Hines, 22, and Rashaud Taylor, 23, Ms. Scott would survive.

Attorney Brown told the jury that after receiving a call from Ms. Scott at 6:25 a.m., Chattanooga police arrived at the scene.

“From inside the house they can hear [Ms. Scott] moaning,” he said.

After entering a bloody living room, officers found Mr. Taylor “laid out on his stomach in the middle of the living room on the den floor” and Ms. Hines “hunched over on her knees, the front of her body leaning forward between two couches.”

Mr. Brown said officers learned that Mobley had rented a Motel Six room on Lee Hwy. and posted a Facebook live video, where he talked about the crime, the people implicating him in the murder, and the motive behind the murder.

“You’re gonna see Mr. Mobley. You’re gonna hear the words come out of his mouth,” said Mr. Brown. “I ask you to hold Mr. Mobley accountable. Hold him accountable for turning disrespect into double murder.”

Defense Attorney Eliza Williams advised the jury that the State wasn’t telling them the whole truth. She quoted talk show host Dr. Phil, saying, “No matter how flat you make it, a pancake has always got two sides.”

Defense attorney Williams told the jury to pay attention to timelines, such as when Ms. Scott called 911 and when the defendant arrived at the Motel Six.

“The timeline doesn’t add up,” she said. “There’s so many unanswered questions here in this case, including who did it. There’s more to this story, no matter how flat the state tries to make it.”

Ms. Williams also said that the house where the incident took place was “unsafe for habitation” and that victim Ms. Hines had been involved in a previous case, where her father was murdered.

“She was shot in the same manner,” said Ms. Williams.

She concluded that the state had “rushed to judgement” in the Mobley case.

“The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open. So, jurors, open your mind to the proof you hear today and throughout this trial before you rush to judgement on an incomplete story. Be sure to flip over your pancake. Look at both sides,” Ms. Williams said. “Make sure you remember that there’s more to this story. The State’s not telling you everything.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BALDWIN, ZACHARY MILES  HOMELESS HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 30 years old Arresting Agency: Soddy Daisy DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- BARNES, DEXTER LAMONT  842 ARLINGTON AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 19 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME IN ANOTHER ... (click for more)

2 Injured In Motorcycle Accident Thursday Evening

Two people were injured in a wreck Thursday evening on Mayflower Road.   Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to the 1400 block of Mayflower Road for the report of a multiple vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate the driver of the vehicle failed to yield to the motorcycle and turned in front of it.  ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (6)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)

UTC Wrestling Coach Heath Eslinger Resigns

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton announced the resignation of wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger today.  Eslinger, who spent nine seasons as head coach of his alma mater, informed Wharton of his decision this morning.  "It was always my hope that Heath Eslinger spend the rest of his career leading our wrestling ... (click for more)

Vols' Nigel Warrior Named To Bednarik Award Watch List

Tennessee junior defensive back  Nigel Warrior  has been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List. Warrior is the first Vol to be named to the Bednarik Watch list since the defensive trio of Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton were named to the Bednarik's preliminary list in 2016.   Warrior totaled 83 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss ... (click for more)